Dr. Kristin Humphries is a proud graduate of Davenport West High School in Davenport, Iowa. Throughout his 27 years in public education, he has served as teacher, technology director, school principal, and chief financial officer in school districts across the Quad Cities region. This is his 11th year serving as Superintendent for the East Moline School District. Dr. Humphries earned his bachelor’s degree in elementary education from the University of Northern Iowa and has graduate degrees from Western Illinois University, Iowa State University and Northern Illinois University. He earned his doctorate in educational leadership and policy studies from Northern Illinois University.
Dr. Humphries has been married to his wife Amy for 28 years and they have two children, Haley and Noah. In his spare time, Kristin enjoys spending time with family, reading, watching baseball, and daily morning runs with his two dogs.
Guiding Principles for 2020-21
The main guiding principle that leads our work and decision-making process for the 2020-21 school year is an unwavering commitment to the health and safety of our students, employees and the community. Although the school year looks different, we have adapted to the conditions within the community and have held steadfast to the principles that have guided us since last spring. Our guiding principles:
Health and safety of students, employees and the community
Social-emotional supports for our students and employees both in-person and remotely
Core instruction for in-person learning
We will introduce new learning opportunities
In-person learning when possible
Prioritize students with greater educational needs
Keep families on the same schedule when possible
Dr. Humphries spent over 4 years working with legislators, advocacy groups and school district superintendents from across the state to help bring equity to children across Illinois with a change to the school funding formula. For the first time in over 20 years, the state funding formula finally recognized that a child’s education should not be dependent on their zip code. Below is a picture of Dr. Humphries and other advocates that witnessed the passage of a new school funding formula on August 29, 2017.
Kristin continues to advocate with a group of school district superintendents called Equity First. Their vision is to help bring awareness and change that benefits students and teachers across the state of Illinois. This year their legislative priorities are: addressing teacher shortage, funding the evidence-based model, and working to ensure that ESSA will drive positive change.
Kristin volunteers his time at various places throughout the community including as President of the Two Rivers YMCA Board of Directors, the Quad City Health Initiative Board of Directors, the United Way of the Quad Cities Education Council, and serves as a member of the Quad Cities Behavioral Health Coalition.
You can follow Dr. Humphries on Twitter@kay8tch.