Superintendent's Message


By Dr. Leah Gauthier, District 401 Superintendent of Schools


Dr. Leah Gauthier portrait photoTo All Stakeholders of District 401,

Welcome to the EPCUSD 401 website.

I am humbled and honored to be the new Superintendent of Schools for EPCUSD 401. The 2020-21 school year brings unique challenges that we have not seen before. The staff in EPCUSD 401 have been working together to prepare for our new normal. Throughout the summer months we have been planning for what our school year will look like to ensure that equity and excellence are present in all that we do.

On Aug. 6 it was announced that we will begin our school year with Remote Learning 2.0. This plan is focused on two District priorities: the health and safety of our students, staff and families as well as the most consistent plan for academic achievement. Communication on any plan updates will be shared with all stakeholders as well as updated on our District Website Fall Learning Plan Page.

This summer the District shared our One Elmwood Park message in support of the Black Lives Matter movement. We will confront racism, injustice and inequity. Throughout this school year D401 will build and share out our District Equity Plan. This includes steps necessary to move forward with our goals.

I am looking forward to working with each and every one of you within our school community to provide students with opportunities that will best prepare them for their future. Together we will navigate these uncharted waters and we will continue with our vision of inspiring minds in the pursuit of excellence. It is an outstanding privilege to serve the Elmwood Park Community.

Stay safe and be kind, 

Leah