John Price is a career educator who began teaching on the near west side of Chicago in a Catholic School. John started as a volunteer teacher and the school used his salary to provide tuition scholarships for children to attend the school. Seeing his work as a service to the community has continued throughout his 21 years in education. John has taught 3-8 graders in all subject areas at three different schools in Illinois and California. After leaving the classroom, he served as a literacy coordinator and assistant principal and then became the principal at Audubon Elementary School in 2006. Before leaving Audubon in 2011, the school earned the distinguished Blue Ribbon Award for Excellence from the U.S. Department of Education in recognition for outstanding improvement of student learning. After leaving Audubon, John moved into district leadership for Chicago Public Schools. He served as a regional superintendent, supervising elementary and high schools for three years before leaving to become the Assistant Superintendent in Evanston.
A California native, John has lived in Chicago since 2001 with his wife, Cheryl, and two children, ages 13 and 10. When not at work, John enjoys spending time with his family outdoors, and of course attending dance and soccer practices. John also spends his free time reading and training for 5K and 10K races. Cheryl is a lawyer working as the executive director of DePaul College of Law’s Family Law Center in downtown Chicago.