About our Principal and Assistant PrincipalWe are looking forward to seeing you back at school!
From Matthew Condon, Assistant PrincipalI did not set out to be an administrator; I am and always will be an educator! I have a bachelor’s degree in Secondary Education English from the University of Iowa, and grew up in Crystal Lake, IL teaching all levels of students every summer to love and appreciate swimming. After college, I taught intermediate and honors English in McHenry, IL and enjoyed working with students outside the classroom as the varsity head coach for tennis. Although this was a rewarding experience, I wanted an adventure so I moved to Monterrey, Mexico to teach English in an international school (K-9). This was an exceptionally rewarding pursuit and cemented my desire to learn about new cultures and help all student populations succeed academically and emotionally.
Following my two years in Mexico, I served at-risk students in Chicago and elected to teach a 6th grade Reading and Writing Workshop in West Humbolt Park in a K-8 school. Everyday was a challenge and helped shape my belief that all students can learn/progress no matter the socio-economic status or proficiency level. And, by chance, it helped uncover my passion for helping colleagues as a mentor teacher and working with instructors to perfect their craft, and led me to a position as Humanities Instructional Leader and Department Chair in Chicago’s Bronzeville neighborhood. During that time I received my master’s degree in Educational Leadership from Concordia University Chicago.
Most recently, I worked as assistant principal at Nichols Middle School in D65 for three years. From helping staff in their professional endeavors to creating data systems to annually getting dunked in the dunk tank, I embraced it all and loved every minute of helping that community of teachers, parents and scholars. And now that I have been presented with this new opportunity in the Bessie Rhodes community I am eager to learn of all of the good work that I keep hearing about and determining how I may best support your needs.
When not at school, I love spending time with my wife, Rebecca, who is a teacher at Haven Middle School and my daughter, Katy. I also enjoy being active outdoors, traveling and eating probably more than I should.