William hails from Evanston, Illinois, he received his B.A. from Western Illinois University and then immediately went to teach ESL in Veracruz, Mexico for 1 year where he developed a passion for teaching with a whole-child pedagogy, as well as living, and traveling abroad.
Over the last 15 years, William has lived and worked in nine different countries, most recently he taught Spanish at a college prep school in Chicago, and prior to that Social Studies and Social Justice in Panajachel, Guatemala. William also managed an NGO for two years in the Sacred Valley of Peru where he worked side by side with the Quechua community.
William has previously done social justice and Civic Engagement work with adolescents for Northwestern University’s CEP program and John Hopkin’s CTY program, and this summer he Managed a High School academic enrichment program at Georgetown University.
William is a Mental health Advocate and support group facilitator for NAMI and he speaks Spanish and French. William is also a DIEHARD Chicago Bears and Oakland Raiders Fan! He is an avid reader, art lover, and follower of Carol Dweck.
What do you love most about Oliverian?
As someone who had difficulty succeeding and immersing myself in traditional school/academic settings, I wholeheartedly identify and champion Oliverian’s ethos and dedication to students with unique needs.
What motivates you to work with kids?
I love working with kids because they provide me with daily access to meaningful experiences and allow me to learn about the world and myself in perpetuity. I also appreciate how working with kids humbles me and provides me with a flow of constant opportunities to unlearn with dignity.