Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.  
                                                                                        - Mahatma Gandhi

    Oscar Hawthorne has served youth in suburban Chicago, Illinois for 33 years as a teacher, principal, and district leader.  For the past seven years, Mr. Hawthorne has been Deputy Superintendent for North Chicago School District 187 where he supervised six principals (PreK - 12), and was responsible for school improvement, leadership development, and operations. Prior to that position, he served as principal at Streamwood High School, Evanston Township High School, and Proviso West High School.

    Mr. Hawthorne’s core beliefs were formed by his experiences growing up in Flint, Michigan. His mother was a teacher and his father was an auto worker. Together, they instilled in him the essential reason for getting an education; to have choices in life. Ensuring that youth have a choice is what drew Mr. Hawthorne to Saint Louis Public Schools and Clyde C. Miller Career Academy. Mr. Hawthorne's commitment to urban education runs deep and he believes Clyde C. Miller Career Academy has a strong foundation for job exploration and industry readiness. He sees himself in every student and looks forward to supporting them on their career journey.

    Mr. Hawthorne earned his undergraduate degree in Social Studies Education from Kentucky State University (B.A.), a graduate degree in Educational Administration from Governors State University (M.A.), and a specialist degree in Educational Leadership from Northern Illinois University (Ed.S.). He recently completed three years on the Board of Directors for the North Chicago Public Education Foundation and is committed to faith-based work. Mr. Hawthorne enjoys community service, traveling abroad, and spending time with his two adult children, as well as family who live in the Saint Louis area.