Degrees and Certifications:
Dr. Patrick McDermott
Assistant Superintendent of Business & Finance
Patrick came to Freeport School District 145 in the 2004-05 school year. He came to Freeport with several years of experience as a school business manager, as an administrator at the university level, and he is a veteran of the U.S. Navy. Patrick and his wife Lynn have two grown sons, a grown daughter, and one grandson.
Patrick holds a B.S. degree from St. Xavier University, M.S. and M.A. degrees from Governors State University, and an Ed.D. from Western Illinois University. He holds the Illinois Professional Educator License with Chief School Business Official and Superintendent endorsements and is nationally certified as a Certified Administrator of School Finance and Operations (SFO®). He is a graduate of the Illinois Association of School Business Officials Leadership Institute, the Harvard Graduate School of Education’s Leadership Institute for Superintendents, and the Highland Leadership Institute.
Patrick lives in Freeport and serves the Freeport community on the boards of Northern Illinois Health Plan, the Employer’s Coalition on Health, and the Northwest Illinois Enterprise Zone. He and his wife are Financial Peace Coordinators and he is a Ramsey Solutions Master Financial Coach, helping people take control of their personal finances.
Patrick enjoys spending time with his wife as empty nesters, kayaking, Olympic weightlifting, and generally being active.
The Assistant Superintendent for Business and Finance is responsible to the Superintendent and the Board of Education for the administration of the business affairs and support services of the district in such a way as to provide the best possible educational services within the restrictions of the financial resources available.