Secondary School Teaching

About the Panel

For graduate students and postdocs who love teaching, secondary schools offer the opportunity to be engaged in mentoring and pedagogy in a way that leverages the skills developed as teachers of undergraduates -- but that is challenging and enriching in many different ways. Come listen to comments from secondary school professionals working in a range of contexts, and hear about the ways in which your skills as teachers and schoalrs fit into the secondary school classroom.


Jon Berry, PhD, Teacher at Mount Carmel High School

Jon Berry received his PhD in Classics from the University of Chicago in 2000.  Since 2001, he has been a teacher at Mount Carmel High School in Chicago, where he teaches Latin and a wide variety of courses in the English Department, including courses in American Literature, Creative Writing, and Film.  He has also served as the Dean of the Humanities and the Chair of the World Languages Department at Mount Carmel.  He lives in Wheaton, Illinois, with his wife and two children.

Tyler Blackwell‎, MA, Executive Director, Center for Arabic Language & Culture (CALC), Chicago

Tyler Blackwell is the Executive Director of the Center for Arabic Language & Culture (CALC), housed at Lindblom Math & Science Academy in Chicago, IL. Mr. Blackwell began work at CALC in July 2013, and in just over half a year, has worked hard to bring international acclaim to CALC. Consistent with the vision of the Center, he is developing this education non-profit organization into the world’s premier resource for those interested in Arabic language and Arab culture.

Prior to his work at CALC, Mr. Blackwell worked at the U.S. Department of State as a Foreign Affairs Officer. While in the Office of the Assistant Secretary for the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA), Mr. Blackwell worked on strategic initiatives as well as the Fulbright and Critical Language Scholarships. Subsequently, Mr. Blackwell worked in the Office of the Special Envoy for Middle East Peace (S/SEMEP) under Ambassador David Hale, where their team led U.S. efforts on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.  Mr. Blackwell received his M.A. from the University of Chicago in Middle Eastern Studies and Arabic and his B.A. from Sewanee: The University of the South in Asian History.

Emmanuelle Claydon, PhD, Teacher at Falmouth Academy

Passionate about languages and cultures, Emmanuelle Bonnafoux Claydon first taught French in Northern Ireland and English in France. She went on to earn her PhD in French from the University of Chicago in 2012. She has been teaching at Falmouth Academy, MA, since, where she lives with her husband and her two cats.

James Troupis, Chief Talent Officer at the Noble Network of Charter Schools

Noble is a growing organization currently serving over 10,000 high school students at 16 charter high schools in Chicago. James Troupis started his work at Noble as the founder and principal of Gary Comer College Prep a 700 students high school on Chicago’s south side where he was award the Ryan Award, given to the nation’s three most transformational principals.