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. I will begin working on my dissertation in the fall of 2019.
I am thrilled to begin working for Bluford USD #318! My wife Jessica, our four children, (Lyla 8, Beau 6, Mack 3, & Dewy 1) 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 really look forward to 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 should soon finish my Doctoral Degree through Western Illinois University. My dissertation topic is the new Evidence Based Funding Model for Illinois schools.
- Fostering an environment where staff can thrive- I look forward to furthering a positive school culture among staff members. Teachers and support personnel play the most important role in educating our children. This is because they have the most direct role, therefore the 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.