Academically, I did not major in education. I am a Purdue engineer, earning both a BS and MS in Industrial Engineering. I went on to Northwestern University and earned a Ph.D. in Operations Research. Upon graduation, I joined Eli Lilly, spending 27 years, mostly in middle management. While at Lilly, I spent many Wednesdays in Washington DC lobbying for catastrophic coverage for our national health insurance. Upon my early retirement in 1993, I joined the faculty at the Kelley School of Business in Bloomington, IN. There I taught senior and MBA level courses in operations management. During this time, I was also a management consultant in a group formed by retiring Eli Lilly executives. I have published in the Harvard Business Review, and my book on education, “The Kids are Smart Enough, So What’s the Problem,” was released by Roman and Littlefield in December of 2017.
With my experience and knowledge of the k12 education system, I am confident in leading the Elevate Teachers movement. But I need your help!
Liaison with Teachers and Schools
John was a teacher in a public elementary school for fifteen years. He resigned at the beginning of the 2015/2016 school year to enter the corporate world. Upon leaving teaching he began to realize, now, more than ever, teachers need the support of everyone. Teachers are some of the hardest working people in the country and they deserve the respect and admiration of the public.