Chad Weiden is a proud graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana – Champaign with a BA in History and Teaching of Social Studies. He received his Masters in Educational Leadership from National Louis University. Chad began his career teaching middle school in Georgia at Sweetwater Middle School in Gwinnett County and at Drew Charter School in the East Lake Community outside Atlanta. He moved back to Chicago to become the founding social studies teacher at KIPP Ascend Charter School on Chicago’s West Side. In 2004, he was asked to join the staff of Social Justice High School in Chicago’s Little Village neighborhood, which was born out of a community-based hunger strike in 2001. During his 7 years at Social Justice, Chad served as social studies teacher, assistant principal, and principal and was proud to see 95% of all graduates accepted to college. For the past 4 years, Chad has been the principal at Edgebrook Elementary School on the Northwest Side of Chicago supporting the school to achieve 99% attainment and growth on the NWEA MAP Assessment. He is a lover of running, reading and watching The West Wing but the center of his life is his family: Baron, Uriah and Zoe.