Mrs. Padera has been an educator for 35 years. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Education at Illinois State University and her Master’s Degree of Educational Leadership at Northern Illinois University. She taught for 15 years and has had experience teaching internationally in Tokyo, Japan. As an administrator she has been a special education coordinator in addition to her 18 years as principal in BESD 53. Her goal is that the Shepard staff ensures every child thrives because of their uniqueness and belief that they can do anything.