Welcome to the Bluford USD #318 website! My name is Shane Gordon and I am the Superintendent of schools in Bluford. I am originally from Abingdon, IL. Upon graduating high school, I continued my education at Monmouth College, graduating with a Bachelor's of Arts degree in 2006. I then began teaching at Spoon River Valley High School, where I was the high school social studies department, coached football, basketball, and track, as well as a bus driver. While teaching, I earned a Master's degree from Bradley University in Peoria. In 2011, I became the Principal at Winchester High School in Winchester, IL. In 2013, I returned home to Abingdon to become the high school Principal for the newly consolidated Abingdon-Avon High School. In the fall of 2015, I began working on a Doctorate degree at Western Illinois University. I completed all of the coursework necessary to obtain my Superintendent endorsement in February of 2018. On February 17, 2020, I successfully defended my dissertation titled: The Illinois Evidence Based Funding Model: How are Tier I school districts spending new money.
I am thrilled to begin working for Bluford USD #318! My wife Jessica, our four children, (Lyla 8, Beau 7, Mack 4, & Dewy 2) and I reside in the northwest corner of the district. I look forward to leading the district and creating wonderful learning opportunities for students at Bluford USD #318.
As Superintendent for the Bluford School District, I am committed to the following:
- Kids- I am committed to creating a learning environment which strives to meet the needs of each of our children.
- Be visible- Please by all means if you see me out, stop and introduce yourself. I have thoroughly enjoyed becoming a part of the Bluford community. If something is on your mind, feel free to seek me out or set up an appointment. I will do my best to assist you or point you in the right direction.
- Continue to grow and learn- As an educational leader, I feel it is vitally important to model lifelong learning. I read often in an attempt to continue to improve myself and I recently finished my Doctoral Degree through Western Illinois University. My dissertation topic was the new Evidence Based Funding Model for Illinois schools.
- Fostering an environment where staff can thrive- A positive climate is essential to a wonderful learning environment. Teachers and staff play a direct role working with our students, therefore they most direct impact. A positive school culture translates to success for students.
- Serve students, staff, and the community- Service is an important piece of leadership. I am committed to the students, staff, and Bluford community. I am a member of the Bluford Ruritan Club as well as a board member for Junior Achievement of Jefferson County. I also serve as a board member for the Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce and I am the Vice President of the Educational Clearinghouse for the Chamber. All of which work toward serving students and the community.