Antonio Diaz will be the next assistant principal at Glen Crest Middle School
Glen Crest Middle School will welcome a new assistant principal in the 2021-22 school year. Antonio Diaz, who is currently a dean in West Chicago, was approved at the March 15 Board of Education meeting.
Diaz will replace John Batiste, who has chosen to return to the classroom to teach physical education at Glen Crest.
Diaz earned his bachelor's degree from Benedictine University in Spanish and Secondary Education, then earned his ESL/bilingual education endorsement from Illinois State University. He earned a Master’s Degree in Leadership from Concordia University, and is working on his doctorate.
He started his teaching career at Eisenhower Junior High in Hoffman Estates, where he worked as an English language learner teacher, language arts teacher, dual language teacher, and reading interventionist over six years. For the past three years, Diaz has been a dean at Leman Middle School in West Chicago.
Diaz became interested in working in education as a way to help students who don’t always know where to turn for help at school. He loves working with middle school students because there’s “never a boring day.”
“I have so many conversations where students amaze me and change my perspective,” he said. “I learn as much from them as I hope they learn from me.”
Diaz grew up in a large family – 18 aunts and uncles – so he looks forward to building relationships with parents at Glen Crest. Even on difficult days, Diaz says families can expect the conversations will be solution-oriented.
“I’m there to support their students in any way possible,” he said. “I’m so excited to get to know the Glen Crest kids, and start learning and growing with the staff.”
Outside of school, Diaz is a Cubs fan who recently adopted a lab mix named “Sir Charles Barkley.”