Teaching Ambassador Fellowship
2011 Alumni Classroom Fellow
Bio/Overview: Dexter A. Chaney II is a life-long learner and has been an educator for 10 years. He has served in various communities in Houston, Chicago, and Dallas. Dexter attended the University of Houston and Concordia University Chicago, where he received degrees in Elementary Education and School Leadership, respectively. Dexter is a Milken Educator Award recipient and had the pleasure of serving as a Classroom Teaching Ambassador Fellow with the United States Department of Education. This year Dexter is making the transition from an Assistant Principal at KIPP Truth Academy to an Assistant Principal at KIPP Destiny Elementary School. Dexter enjoys spending time with God, family, and friends. He enjoys working out, but enjoys eating even more. This year, Dexter looks forward to leading and serving the Dallas community and becoming an even better educator.
Educational Values/Philosophy: Chaney believes that by focusing on primary education and providing positive role models for our children in need, we can drastically improve the current the state of education in America. Chaney advocates for building meaningful relationships with community members and families in order to make sure that everyone believes in the value of a high quality education for all children.
Achievements: Chaney is a 2010 Milken Educator Award recipient, and was a finalist for the Chicago Public School Delivering Results through Innovative and Visionary Education Award. Chaney is also a two time recipient of the Houston ISD Star Teacher Award, and was named New Teacher of the Year in 2006.
Leadership Experience: At Ryerson, Chaney has served as a mentor teacher, grade level chairperson, Local School Council member, and as the education coordinator for Additional Learning Opportunities. ALO is CPS initiative, through which the school day has been extended by ninety minutes provide students with enrichment activities in math and reading on their personal laptops. Chaney is currently the Assistant Principal at Ryerson Elementary
Affiliations: Chicago Area Alliance of Black School Educators, National Alliance of Black School Educators, Chicago Principals and Administrators Association,
Education: Chaney received a Bachelor’s of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies from the University of Houston. He recently earned his Masters of the Arts in School Leadership from Concordia University Chicago, with a Type 75 Administrative Certificate.
Areas of Interest/Expertise:
- Principal leadership
- Parental engagement
- African American students/educators
- Teaching and Learning in Urban Communities