My name is Jason Zak. I teach 8th grade Math and Science at Dewitt Clinton elementary school. I grew up on the South side of Chicago in a neighborhood called Bridgeport. I attended CPS schools from kindergarten through high school, and graduated from Whitney Young. I received my bachelor’s degree in elementary education from the University of Illinois at Chicago with endorsements in Mathematics and Biological Sciences. Later in my teaching career I achieved my master’s degree in curriculum and instruction from the American College of Education. I am currently working toward my CPS Algebra endorsement at the University of Illinois at Chicago.
I am currently in my 13th year of teaching, all of which have been at Clinton. My entire 13 year career has been spent teaching either Math or Science to 5th through 8th graders. Besides teaching at Clinton, I also enjoy coaching the Clinton girls fast-pitch softball team during the spring season. I have been the coach of the girls softball team for the past 9 seasons, and we have won the network championship in 3 of those seasons.
I originally went into teaching because of family influences. My family has 6 current or retired CPS teachers. Of those 6, my mom was the most influential and probably the main reason behind my decision to enter the teaching profession. Any student who has been in my class knows that I have a strong passion for Math and the potential doors that Math can open for students in the future. My ultimate teaching goal is for each one of my students to leave my class with a complete grasp of Algebra. Besides grasping Algebra, I also want my students to leave my class with a foundation to becoming productive/caring members of society.