District 45 School District

Who We Are

Kathryn (Katy) Padberg, Board Member

Katy Padberg

Kathryn “Katy” Padberg has been a resident of Lombard since 1994, and has two grown daughters who attended school in School District 45 and District 88. She attended Elmhurst University (previously Elmhurst College). There she received her Bachelor’s Degree in Education, her Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership, and taught as a part-time adjunct professor. She has been a teacher at Sandburg Middle School in Elmhurst since 1997, teaching Social Studies, English and Guidance. Until now, she has been on the other side of politics; working on local, state and national campaigns since she was 18 years old. An active supporter of recent candidates who called for economic and social equality, Katy is now stepping up to work for positive change in our schools. School District 45 serves a diverse student body, one which deserves representation ready to embrace diverse curriculum, communication, and collaboration. She is a member of Lombard Allies for Racial Justice (LARJ), an 800-member strong group devoted to racial justice here in our community.

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Emily Shultz, Board Member

Emily Shultz is running for District 45 school board. She has a Bachelor’s Degree from Northern Illinois University and a Juris Doctorate from The John Marshall Law School. She is married and has three children. She is passionate about ensuring children with different abilities are able to succeed within the school system, that teachers feel supported and encouraged and that the district incorporates anti-racism into the curriculum.

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West Marinier, Board Member

West Marinier grew up in Elmhurst and has been a resident of D45 for the past 3.5 years. With a background in Early Childhood and Special Education, currently working as a BCBA with children with Autism, West is a strong candidate whose goals are to foster an anti-racist culture and promote learning through nature to create a more socially and environmentally conscious district where students and the community flourish. 

A top priority for West during this pandemic is providing families and teachers more options for in-person learning, keeping the health and safety of the community top of mind. West believes his presence on the school board will help create an equitable learning environment which will positively impact the growth of students and the community, including his own child who will be attending Ardmore in a couple of years.

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