An Assistant Superintendent's Perspective

About Me:                                                                                                   
Welcome to my website! My name is Bradford Hubbard and I am extremely proud to be the Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction in Community High School District 117. Prior to taking this position in July of 2017, I served as the Principal at Antioch Community High School for 4 years. It was an incredible honor and privilege to work with, for, and on behalf of the students, staff, and community at ACHS. Together, we accomplished a lot and invested an incredible amount of time and energy in fostering deep, authentic, genuine, and positive relationships. I am proud to say these relationships were leveraged in creating a caring, kind, nurturing, and supportive learning environment for our students and staff. In the end, we saw achievement growth and improved access, opportunities, experiences, and success for students. I am humbled to continue my service in this community and add Lakes Community High School, its students, its staff, and its communities to my list of relationships, areas of focus, and educational leadership purview.

Prior to arriving at ACHS in July of 2013, I served as an Assistant Principal at Woodstock High School for two years. I transitioned to WHS after having spent six years at Highland Park High School. At HPHS, I was a science teacher for two years before accepting an administrative position as Dean of Students. I was in that role for four years. My first teaching job was at Roberto Clemente Community Academy in Chicago Public Schools. I taught science at Clemente for three years. Each of my experiences as an educator have truly been wonderful. I have been inspired by amazing students, mentored by distinguished teachers/leaders, and motivated by a passion to serve kids and their communities. My first five years in CHSD117 have been no different. In fact, I would argue these have been my favorite years in education, thus far. The Sequoit and Eagle students, involved families, and supportive community have welcomed me with open arms and I am so grateful, humbled, and proud to serve in this role.

I received my Bachelor of Science in Education degree from the University of Michigan in 2002. While in Ann Arbor, I majored in Biology and minored in Chemistry. In 2007, I earned a Master of Education degree from the University of Cincinnati with a focus on Educational Administration. In the fall of 2012, I completed the coursework in a doctoral program at Loyola University Chicago and in March of 2016, I successfully defended my dissertation. This was some of the most challenging and rewarding work I have ever done. I am deeply grateful for everyone that assisted me in my journey of becoming a Doctor of Education.

I have been married to my wife, Kelly, for 13 wonderful years. Kelly is a former 2nd grade teacher in CPS and now works in the elementary school that our girls attend. Calla Rose is 9 years old. She loves sports, going to Michigan football games, DIYs, riding her bike, and anything on the Food Network or police related. Bryn Evelyn turned 7 in July and loves books, princesses, candy (like her dad), being outside, Harry Potter, and her big sister:-) They are my pride and joy. Time with Calla and Bryn is extremely special and the prospect of their future has had a profound impact on my vision of education.

While I could write a rather lengthy paper regarding my philosophy of education, I will try to sum it up in a few brief points. I strongly believe all of education is predicated upon strong, genuine, trusting relationships. After the formation of relationships, I strongly value collaboration, communication, and student-engaging curriculum and instructional practices. Collectively, our job is to work diligently to meet the needs of every student. I am focused on creating equity with respect to the resources, instruction, and support that all of our students are provided, exposed to, and have access to. I believe in every single student and I know that CHSD117 is capable of meeting their needs, assisting in their personal and academic growth, and fostering the kind of environment in which they will both set and attain their personal goals.

For a more in-depth look into my experiences, perspective, and core values, please click on the following video that will take you to an interview I did with Sam Worden, ACHS English Teacher and Webmaster, a few summers ago (flattering freeze-frame, right!?!?!):

Hubbard Interview

The purpose of this website will be to post as often as possible in the 'blog' section. It will function as one of the ways I would like to communicate with all of you. I hope to share my thoughts, experiences, beliefs, and growth, as we learn and strive to achieve, together. I will share my resources, provide a glimpse into what inspires and motivates me, and look to offer my perspective on this journey that I have been afforded and am so grateful for.

Thank you for reading and please know that I hope these posts and this information will be the starting point of many rich discussions with those that visit the site and have a vested interest in the success of our CHSD117 students.

I have a presence on Twitter if you would like to follow me: @hubbardbradford. My tweets that include information about or celebrations of anything related to Community High School District 117 will follow the hashtags: #CHSD117, #BeAnEagle, and #SequoitPride. I would like this to be a place for all that is great about CHSD117! Please feel free to use the hashtags, too.

I look forward to serving these communities and impacting, influencing, and improving the life chances of and for our collective students.

Dr. Bradford Hubbard