I am honored to be the Dever principal since November of 2016. Ever since changing my careers from the radio business in 2004, I realized that teaching was in my blood, as both of my were parents taught in Carbondale for their entire careers (and my mom continues to do so). I have served many roles in education--as a baseball and basketball coach, a paraprofessional in the Pattonville (St. Louis) school district, and after finishing my Master's program, I moved to Chicago where I began as a day-to-day substitute teacher in 2007. From there I taught math at Beaubien Elementary School in CPS and had the time of my life. I also taught in summer programs through Upward Bound at Roger Morris College and the Center for Talent Development at Northwestern University. For my administrative program, I started math clubs/teams throughout the city assisted by high school students (one of whom is now starting his own clubs while he attends Cal Tech). Wanting to spread the energy and love of learning I felt in my classroom through an entire school, I moved into a role as an Assistant Principal at Oriole Park and Alcott Elementary. I then spent time as a math coach and data strategist for the 50 or so schools of Network 1, the cluster of CPS schools on the northwest side. As much as I loved teaching, being principal has been my favorite job I have ever had, in no small part because of the amazing Dever Dragon students and families and incredible staff. I am also proud to work for CPS because I feel that we have tremendous people and innovating things going on here. My wife is a lifelong resident of Chicago and we live in the Norwood Park neighborhood with our twin daughters, who are now CPS kindergarteners. Our family loves travel, enjoying all of things to do in our city, and baseball--I am a Cardinals fan surrounded by Cubs fans. I love interacting with and helping every member of the Dever community, I consider being principal like teaching everyone now. Thank you Dever!