Chad Weiden began his career teaching middle school at Sweetwater Middle School in Gwinnett County, Georgia and at Drew Charter School outside of Atlanta before working with the incredible faculty and students at Edgebrook Elementary. He moved back to Chicago to become the founding social studies teacher at KIPP Ascend Charter School on the West Side. While teaching, Chad served as managing director and co-founder of White Horse Theater Company in Chicago from 2001-2006.
In 2004, he was asked to join the staff of Social Justice High School in Chicago’s Little Village neighborhood, which was the result of a community-based hunger strike in 2001. During his seven years at Social Justice, Chad served as social studies teacher, assistant principal and then principal. As the school leader, he was proud to see 95 percent of all Social Justice graduates accepted to college.
Missing his elementary school roots, Chad accepted the position of assistant principal at Blaine Elementary School in the Lakeview neighborhood in Chicago. While at Blaine, he worked with an outstanding group of students, parents and teachers to ensure Blaine remained one of the city’s top-performing neighborhood schools. In 2013, Chad became the principal of Edgebrook Elementary School, and he is thrilled to be a 2016-17 Cahn Fellow.
Chad is a proud graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana – Champaign where he earned his bachelor’s degree in History and Teaching of Social Studies. He received his Masters in Educational Leadership from National Louis University.
In his free time, Mr. Weiden is an adjunct faculty member at National Louis University in the Educational Leadership Department.