Endorsed candidate: Deborah Muller

Deborah Muller is an active community member and parent. She has held a variety of elected and volunteer positions over the past 15 years, most recently serving on the District 109 Differentiation Committee and as the sixth- and seventh-grade representative on the Shepard Middle School Parent Advisory Committee. Previously, Muller served as treasurer and vice president of a women’s civic and fundraising organization; instructor and adviser with Junior Achievement; and treasurer of her daughters’ preschool parent association.

“I have always felt strongly about community involvement. Strong communities are built on residents who contribute their skills and energy, and who feel connected to one another,” Muller says.I’ve always sought this type of involvement, even as we relocated several times while our children were very young. Upon settling permanently in Deerfield three years ago, I looked for an opportunity to marry this desire to be involved with my personal and professional interest in education. I applied to and joined the District 109 Differentiation Committee and spent last school year studying classroom differentiation and gifted education programs alongside a dedicated group of parents, principals and administrators. This experience inspired me to run for the Board.”

“As a Deerfield taxpayer and parent, I expect our tax dollars to be spent wisely and our kids to receive a world-class education.”



“As a Deerfield taxpayer and parent, I expect our tax dollars to be spent wisely and our kids to receive a world-class education,” Muller continues. “The school board oversees the decisions that can make these expectations a reality. I will advocate for sound, forward-looking curriculum investments in foreign language, computer literacy, math, and science … and the facilities to support them. Just as importantly, I will push for rigorous evaluation of these investments—to make sure that they are delivering both benefits and costs as promised. The Board needs to foster an environment of both ambitiousness and accountability among administrators and teachers. Either without the other is insufficient.”


Professionally, Muller is currently the Director of Training and Development for the Boston Consulting Group in Chicago. Earlier in her career she was a management consultant, providing marketing and strategic planning services to both corporate and non-profit clients. She was also an adjunct professor of marketing at the Ohio State University and a marketing manager at the Procter & Gamble Company.


Muller holds a bachelor’s degree in commerce from the University of Virginia and an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. She and her husband, John, have two daughters: Amy (Walden Elementary) and Sarah (Shepard Middle School). In her spare time, Debbie likes to golf, bicycle, and spend sunny afternoons at Wrigley Field.

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