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Dexter Chaney II
2011 Alumni Classroom Fellow
Chicago, IL


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Bio/Overview: Chaney is the Assistant Principal at the Martin A. Ryerson Elementary in Chicago, Illinois, where he previously taught a third grade all male classroom and served as team leader. In his first education course at the University of Houston, a professor asked each student why they had chosen to enroll in the class.  Chaney proudly stated that he was there to help change the world through education.  Some people laughed and others applauded.  Unsure if they were rejoicing with or laughing at him, Chaney just smiled. If nothing else, that situation and countless others have reaffirmed his position that by providing all of our children with a high quality, highly effective, and 21st century education, we can make this world a better place. Chaney began his career as an educator as a member of the Peer Assistance and Leadership program and as an AVID tutor.  Upon completion of his undergraduate degree at the University of Houston, Chaney began teaching third grade at J.P. Cornelius Elementary in Houston, Texas in Houston Independent School District, where he taught for three years before transferring to his current position.  Chaney will be transitioning into Garland Independent School District in Texas for the 2012-2013 school year. 

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

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