Skip Kumm-University of Illinois at Chicago
Skip Kumm is currently pursuing his Ph.D. in special education at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Skip is also a special education teacher and department chair at Nancy B. Jefferson Alternative School, a Chicago Public School located inside the Cook County Juvenile Detention Center. His passion and dedication has led him to take on leadership roles at Nancy B. Jefferson by becoming a social and emotional learning coach, developing school initiatives as a
member of the instructional leadership team, and leading the data team to focus school instruction by using data driven metrics. In addition to his school involvement, Skip also part of a joint team with the Cook County Juvenile Detention Center to increase student reengagement in school upon adjudication. In the 20142015 school year he was honored to be elected by his peers to the Professional Personnel Leadership Committee, which in compliance with Illinois law advised Nancy B. Jefferson’s administrative team on development of the school’s Continuous Improvement Working Plan. Before taking on his current role, Skip taught at Banner Academy West in Chicago, where he was a social studies teacher and special education case manager for the Youth Engaged in School (YES) program. The YES program was designed to educate youth under court supervision and focused teaching social emotional skills embedded in core curriculum. Skip obtained his Masters in Education from NationalLouis University and his B.S. in Aviation from the University of Dubuque.