Melinda A. LaBarre of Springfield brings more than 40 years of expertise in the education field to the board. She started as a teacher in Springfield District 186, where she went on to serve as a principal for two schools in the district and later as a consultant for the Ball Education Foundation. LaBarre served as a member of the Springfield School Board from 2003 to 2009.
Her list of honors and distinctions include being named Horace Mann Educator of the Year in Springfield in 1989 and receiving the Bob Goldman Friend of Education Award from the Springfield Education Association in 2009. LaBarre earned her bachelor’s degree from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale in elementary education and a master’s degree from the University of Illinois at Springfield in educational administration.
Melinda LaBarre was appointed to the Illinois State Board of Education in December 2009 by Gov. Pat Quinn and her current term expires in January 2017.