Our Superintendent

Superintendent's Bio


Dr. Daniel L Oakley grew up in southern Illinois just north of Newton, Illinois. He graduated from Newton Community High School in 1982 and completed a Bachelor of Arts degree in Mathematics (Education) at Eastern Illinois University in Charleston Illinois in 1986. He received his Masters of Science degree in Educational Administration from Western Illinois University in Macomb Illinois in 1997, and his Education Specialist certification from WIU in 2007. He completed his doctorate in Educational Leadership at Western Illinois University in the spring of 2015 with the dissertation: "Illinois Public School Superintendents: Influencing State-Level Education Legislation and Policy-Making in Illinois." Dr. Oakley is one of three superintendents currently working in the state of Illinois who graduated from NCHS (Dan Cox/Staunton, Cary Jackson/Dietrich).

Dr. Oakley and Beth were married in 1991. Beth is an Executive Assistant in the office of the Mayor and City Manager for the City of Bloomington, IL. They have raised two children, Andy (married to Callie) and Amy (married to Curtis). Andy and Callie are geologists for Anadarko Oil in Denver, CO, and were joined by grandson Maddox in the spring of 2016. Amy is a Crime Scene Technician in Lakewood, CO, and Curtis works for Swedish Medical Center in Littleton, CO. They are the parents of grandchildren Kaeson (2012), Kairi (2015), Maddox (2016), and Kenzie (2017).

Educational Interests
Dr. Oakley has a vested interest in the preparation of high quality superintendents and principals for Illinois' schools. He is continuing his research post-doctoral on the preparation of superintendents, particularly in regard to superintendent's interaction with and influence on education politics and legislation in Springfield. 

Dr. Oakley's hobbies are an eclictic music list, reading, writing, and watching baseball, as well as giving the family pets lots of attention.

Work history
2013-present Fieldcrest CUSD 6 - Superintendent
2007-2013 Avon CUSD #176, Avon, Illinois - Superintendent
2003-2007 Hamilton Schools, Hamilton, Illinois - Hamilton Junior-Senior High School principal
1989-2003 Colchester Schools, Colchester, Illinois – Teacher/Coach, Athletic Director/Technology Coordinator
1986-1988 RUCE Schools, Reddick, Illinois – Teacher/Coach

Professional and Academic Organizations
Illinois Association of School Administrators
Illinois Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development
Phi Kappa Phi
Phi Delta Kappan
Golden Key Society