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Coates named next Division Chair for Social Studies, Art, and World Languages   

Carl Coates Carl Sandburg High School announces that Carl Coates has been named the next Division Chair for Social Studies, Art, and World Languages after the District 230 Board of Education approved the recommendation at the June 25th board meeting.  Coates replaces Charles Ovando who will be serving as the District 230 Director of Special Programs in 2020-21.  Coates was on staff at Homewood-Flossmoor High School for 18 years, teaching economics, history, and government for 13 years and serving as Social Science Department Chair for the last five years. He previously taught social studies courses for four years at Plano Senior High School near Dallas, TX.  Coates has been an AP Macro and AP Microeconomics reader and has presented at national and local conferences on economics content and instructional delivery.  

Coates has facilitated summer best practice sessions annually, presenting a range of topics within the curriculum and instruction realm, including sessions on Understanding by Design and differentiation. As the Professional Development Coordinator at HF, Coates also facilitated institute day presentations and the new teacher induction program.  Coates played an integral role in the implementation of HF’s International Baccalaureate (IB) program, serving as the Diploma Program Coordinator.    

Sandburg Principal Jen Tyrrell shared that “Throughout the interview process, Carl Coates not only demonstrated an elite understanding of best practices in curriculum and instruction, but also communicated a vision for instructional leadership that will undoubtedly have a positive impact on students, staff, and Carl Sandburg High School.  Carl’s experience leading department and building improvement efforts will be an asset to our learning community.”  

Over the years, I’ve gotten some glimpses of what Sandburg’s teachers are doing and have been impressed by their creativity and innovation. My conversations with teachers and administrators during the interview process cemented my excitement about joining Sandburg. I can’t wait to contribute to Sandburg’s goal of being in the top 1% of high schools in the state,”  stated Coates.

Coates earned his Bachelor’s Degree from University of North Texas, his Master’s Degree in Gifted Educational Leadership from Northeastern Illinois University, and his Principal Certification from National Louis University.