John W. Hackett Ed.D

737 River Bluff Drive

Shorewood, IL 60404

815 690 7444

[email protected]

My Why:
To learn, teach, train to write, and speak with leaders So That, I can serve, equip and assist them in enhancing their leadership skills To serve and lead their organization and add value to society By enriching people’s lives


Master of Educational Administration | December 1999

Governors State University, University Park, IL

Doctor of Education, Counselor Education, and Psychology | December 1982

Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, IL

Dissertation Topic: Teacher Stress Events over the Course of a School Year

Master of Education, Counselor Education | June 1976

Illinois State University, Normal, IL

Bachelors of Science Degree, History/Business Education | June 1972

Illinois State University, Normal, IL


State-Approved Director of Special Education Learning Behavior Specialist I

Type 75 General Administrative Certificate

Type 73 Pupil Personnel Certificate

Type 9 General Teaching Certificate


John Maxwell Team Certified Speaker, Coach and Trainer

Direct Selling World Alliance Certified Trainer and Coach

Iron Oaks Foundation Certified Trainer Outdoor Education

William Glaser Institute, Certified Basic Week Instructor

State of Illinois Certified Mental Health Counselor

State of Illinois Certified Associate Alcoholism Counselor

National Certified Counselor


Lewis University Academic Coordinator, Romeoville, IL  | June 2009 – May 2014

            Associate Professor, Department of Educational Leadership

            Courses Taught:  School Law, Practicum, Ethics, and Moral

            Foundations, Practicum I, Practicum II, Multicultural Education, and Classroom Management for Counselors.

Academic Coordinator

  • Facilitate enrollment initiatives with Dean of the College of Education
  • Coordinate enrollment efforts, Outreach, and Marketing activities with Lewis University Marketing and Communication Dept. and the Office of Graduate and Adult Admissions with the College of Education
  • Coordinate standardized billing, discount efforts with Lewis University Bursars Office and Campus Anywhere programmers with College of Education staff
  • Support student certification questions with the Certification Officer
  • Department of Educational Leadership professor
  • Member of ISBE Principal Redesign committee
  • Author of Internship portion of Lewis University Principal Redesign Program and rewrite of three classes accepted by ISBE in 2012
  • Supported Graduate Students in cohorts in all departments in on-campus and off-campus locations for billing, scheduling, and certification concerns in cooperation with the Certification Officer, Registrar’s office, Bursars office, and Graduate Admissions
  • Coordinated and supported current students and enrollment initiatives with a variety of Lewis University departments.
  • Graduate Forum on Enrollment member 2013 -2014
  • Develop information sessions for various departments of the College of Education
  • Facilitate, coordinate partnerships with area districts and Joliet Diocese and Chicago Archdiocese school systems
  • Member of Bishop Kaffer Outstanding Catholic School Leader award selection committee and co-facilitate awards breakfast with Lewis University event planners
  • Member of the Aspiring School Leaders committee to develop leaders for Parochial Schools resulting in a Leadership Cohort for developing Diocesan Leaders
  • Coordinated two cohorts for parochial schools to gain the LBSI Special Education Endorsement
  • Coordinated outreach activities with area Public and Parochial schools
  • Consult with Department Chairs and Program Directors in the College of Education on enrollment activities
  • Involvement in service-learning projects with Fairmont Elementary School District, Lockport, IL
  • Co-facilitated Ideation event to develop ideas to support increased enrollment in undergraduate and graduate programs in the Lewis University College of Education
  • Co-facilitated ongoing enrollment growth initiatives from the Ideation event
  • Developed a yearlong plan for cyclical marketing outreach goals and activities for August 2014 implementation within the cooperation with Marketing, Graduate Admissions, and College of Education staff
  • Coordinated updated websites for the College of Education programs with the Marketing Department
  • Coordinated print publications regarding the College of Education programs with Marketing
  • Coordinated publicity and program promotion with Marketing, including Press releases noting undergraduate and graduate honors and graduations as well as other noteworthy achievements of Lewis University College of Education faculty and students
  • Participated in outreach programs to support many school districts, including Homewood Flossmoor High School District 233, Joliet Elementary District 86, Joliet High School District 204, and Cicero Unity Junior High School District during the 2013-2014 school year
  • Completed assignments and duties as assigned by the Dean of the College of Education
  • Participant in Lasallian education series June 2013

Consolidated High School District 230, Orland Park, IL | 1979 – 2009

Director of Special Services – Victor J. Andrew High School | 1996-2009

  • Responsible for all levels of services for 330 Special Education Students, budget, scheduling for 25 certified staff, and 27 aides service 330 students
  • Developed service/intervention model and curriculum for all classes taught, facilitate/support 50+ sections of co-taught classes, state standard-based curriculum development of resource and instructional and multi-needs programs
  • Developed a multi-needs program for 40 students, coordinating over 30 staff members
  • Member of the Parent Advisory, School Improvement Options Committee, and Future Committee

District Administrative Program Support Services | 1995-1996

  • Facilitated Pupil Personnel and staff development models
  • Reviewed curriculum development, in-services administration, and teaching staff in Choice Theory/Quality School Model Instructor Ben Franklin school

Special Services’ Counselor | 1977-1995

  • Responsible for counseling scheduling of all Special Services students 1977-1995
  • Developed in-services and workshops with department/building personnel on a variety of student service topics administration, member of the Futures Community Curriculum Committee, Advisory Committee, Chaired Self Esteem Committee, and the Student Assistance Committee
  • Developed a proposal to create a Building Student Assistance Coordinator position
  • Coordinated Andrew High School Title I Freshman program for 16 years. 
  • Facilitated the development of curriculum for all District 230 Title I programs

Counselor/Football Coach Lincoln-Way High School, New Lenox, IL | 1977-1979

US History Teacher/Counselor/Coach Marian Catholic High School, Chicago Heights, IL  | 1973-1977

US History Teacher/Football and Track Coach Plano High School, Plano, IL  | 1972-1973  


University of St Francis | 2015 -Present

  Adjunct Professor. Collège of Education, Ed.D. program, Educational Leadership

  • Classes taught Organizational Dynamics and Change Theory and Overview of Stewardship and Leadership

Lewis University | 2000-2009

Adjunct Professor in Educational Leadership

  • Classes taught – School Law, Administrative Practicum and Internship, Ethical Leadership and Classroom Management for Counselors

Governors State University | 2000

Adjunct Professor in Education

  • Class taught Educational Psychology

Chicago State University | 1998-2002

Adjunct Professor in Special Education

  • Courses taught Parent Relations, Characteristics, and Method for Teaching Students with Learning Disabilities

South Suburban College | 1996 -1998

  • Courses taught:  Survey of Exceptional Students, Introduction to Child Care Services


Aunt Martha’s Youth Services | 1976-1980

  • Volunteer Counselor

South Suburban Council on Alcoholism | 1980-1982

  • Volunteer Counselor

William Glasser Institute | 1992-2005

  • Certified in Reality Therapy
  • Certified Basic Week Instructor

Ingalls Hospital, Harvey, IL | 1983-1988

  • Diagnostician/Family Therapist on an Adolescent Chemical
  • Dependency Unit performing diagnostics, therapy, family education and intervention services, Liaison to Private Insurance Careers

Iron Oaks Outdoor Education Center | 1990-2000

  •  Certified Outdoor Education Trainer

Parkview Christian Church | 2017-Present

  • Volunteer Coach, Presenter

FUSE Business Training | 2019-Present

  • Director of Coaching


Nominee, Illinois State University Education Hall of Fame | 1992

State of Illinois – Those Who Excel Award | 1991

District 230 Teacher of the Year Award (The only Counselor in school district history) | 1990

Andrew High School Teacher of the Year Award | 1990


John Maxwell Team

Illinois Alliance of Administrator of Special Education

Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development

Council for Exceptional Children

Learning Disabilities Association

Phi Delta Kappa


  • The role of learning in customer service -Joliet Rotary | 2020
  • Customer Service Joliet Chamber of Commerce | 2019
  • Your leadership Journey Gwendolyn Sterk and the Family Law Group | 2019 – 2020
  • Finding your Why and you Avatar Client, Mary Kay Cosmetics Sales Team | 2018  
  • Your Entrepreneurship journey, Building Hope for the Future | 2018
  • Checkers to Chess; The Changing Leadership Picture; Overview of Leadership, Servant Leadership and Coaching Joliet Chamber of Commerce | 2018                                                                
  • Matteson Police Department Leadership Team   Servant Leadership | 2018
  • Servant Leadership co-presenter | 2018
  • The Leader you are today. The Leader you will become. The Great Iceberg Theory of Leadership Communication Operation Snowball large group Presentation | 2017
  • Coach Excellence School training co-facilitator. Madison Wisc. | 2017
  •  Knowing your Why and Goal Setting Mary Kay Cosmetics | 2017 – 2018        
  • The Role of Coaching in a school setting, University of St Francis |  2016       
  • Blended Learning Online Collaborations University of St Francis | 2014, 2015, 2016
  • Online /Blended Instruction Certification Lewis University | 2013                  
  • Fairmont School Literacy night | 2013
  • Fairmont School Literacy night | 2012
  • District 230 Substitute Teaching Training | August 2008
  • District 230 New Teacher Orientations Special Education Policy/Practices | August 2006, 2007 and 2008
  • District 230 Teacher Aide Training Communication; Team Building & Problem Solving | April 2008
  • Homewood Flossmoor Operation Snowball – problem-solving | November 2004, 2006
  • Trainer and Consultant for Glasser Institute serving District 230 Administration | August 1995 – May 1998
  • Parent Institute Choice Theory/Reality Therapy | 1995
  • Rockford Public Schools – Quality Schools Topics | 1992
  • Cincinnati Public Schools | 1990
  • Parent Education Ingalls Memorial Hospital | 1983-1988


  • Five days a week social media series on leadership concepts | 2019 – Present
  • Network Marketing, Monthly contributor | 2017 -Present
  • Weekly contributor, Fuse Business Training on Leadership | 2020
  • Building Hope for the future presentation on Entrepreneurship
  • Podcast Building Hope for the Future Structuring Your Time During Shutdown
  • Sterk Family Law Guest Blogger “Real Listening“, “What is needed for productive school meetings?” and “Be the voice above the noise”
  • Homewood Flossmoor Star January 2004 Guest Opinion, “Zero Tolerance is an Impractical Discipline Model”

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