CCSD 89 Superintendent Doug Eccarius

  • Doug Eccarius reading to a student

    Doug Eccarius is the superintendent of Community Consolidated School District 89. As the district’s leader, he prioritizes building relationships with students, families, and staff because those connections lead to stronger educational experiences. Eccarius enjoys being in classrooms and at school events where he can interact with students and staff. 

    “I love watching teachers use their passion and their expertise to connect with kids. I love what we can be for students,” he said. “I want Community Consolidated School District 89 to continue to be a place where all kids are cared for, they’re safe, and they can take risks to grow and learn so they can be what they want to be in this world.”

    Eccarius was unanimously selected to be the superintendent in 2023. He was previously the deputy superintendent for Indian Prairie School District 204, which serves Aurora, Bolingbrook, Naperville, and Plainfield. During his educational career, he has also been a middle school math teacher, middle school assistant principal, elementary school principal, and assistant superintendent for human resources.

    You can learn more about Eccarius in this introduction video: 

    Eccarius began his career in 1997, as a seventh-grade math and geography teacher at Gregory Middle School in Naperville. While teaching, he received five Indian Prairie Education Foundation “Most Influential Educator” awards. He served as a team coordinator and participated on the district’s advisory committee and math textbook adoption committees. He also coached football, wrestling, and track.

    In 2003, he was selected to be the assistant principal and athletic director at Clarendon Hills Middle School. After two years at Clarendon Hills, he was named principal of The Lane Elementary School in Hinsdale. In 2011, the school was recognized as a Blue Ribbon School, an elite national designation given to schools that are academically superior or show dramatic gains in student achievement to high levels.

    In 2012, Eccarius was hired as assistant superintendent for human resources at District 181 in Burr Ridge, where he worked until Indian Prairie’s superintendent asked him to return. While at Indian Prairie, he led negotiations, redesigned how the district conducts its recruitment efforts, oversaw the implementation of a guest teacher academy, and served on the executive board for the Illinois Association of School Personnel Administrators. 

    Eccarius spent six years as Indian Prairie’s Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources before being promoted to deputy superintendent in April 2020. As deputy superintendent, he served as incident command for district crisis situations, led district reopening efforts during the pandemic, and he oversaw curriculum and instruction for all grade levels; innovation; research and assessment; professional learning; online learning; STEM integration; and English-language learner support.

    Eccarius earned a bachelor’s degree in middle school education from Illinois State University, then a master’s degree in educational leadership from North Central College. He has a superintendent endorsement from Aurora University. He has earned his superintendent, general administration, and professional educator licenses.

    Eccarius lives in Plainfield with his wife, Jenny, who is a permanent substitute teacher in Plainfield. They have two adult children, Allison and Douglas Jr.

    “We’re very supportive of education in our family,” he said. “I love the field of education. I feel like it helped me be the person I am today.”

    Contact information

    Doug Eccarius
    (630) 469-8900, ext. 3503
    Fax: (630) 469-8936

    Theresa Sevier
    Administrative Assistant
    (630) 469-8900, ext. 3503