Alicia Duell, Wheeling CCSD21
ISTE affiliate: IDEA
Alicia Duell is the director of technology and information services at Wheeling CCSD21, a K-8 school district in the northwest suburbs of Chicago. Prior to her role in technology administration, Duell was a school librarian, living and working both in the U.S. and in international schools overseas. She credits these experiences with giving her the freedom to explore, take risks and develop leadership skills.
As a leader, Duell is passionate about taking risks, failing forward and encouraging others to do the same. Her favorite failure quotation comes from J.K. Rowling’s 2008 Harvard commencement address: “It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all, in which case you have failed by default.”
Duell’s adventurous and diverse career trajectory and life experiences exemplify this philosophy. She has worked at international schools in Australia, Honduras, Indonesia and, most recently, in the Philippines. She is passionate about sharing stories of failure with others, connecting students with authentic audiences and experiences, designing creative staff professional development and empowering women in leadership.
Duell has presented at state, national and international conferences, including the ASCD Conference on Teaching Excellence; American Association for School Librarians Conference; Learning 2.0 Technology Conference in Bangkok, Thailand; Google Summit in Manila, Philippines; Illinois Education and Technology Conference; Illinois Computing Educators Conference and Illinois School Library Media Association Conference.