Victor Simon, EdD

Victor Simon, EdD

School Improvement Coach, Professional Learning

Victor Simon has served in the field of education for 25 years. Experiencing and overcoming the challenges associated with poverty, public housing, domestic violence, and homelessness as a youth, Victor developed a strong sense of advocacy for student equity long before his professional career began as a science teacher at Whitney Young High School in Chicago. 

Dr. Simon has served as the superintendent of Gower School District in southeast DuPage County, IL, since 2013, where his leadership has had an impact that stretches beyond the boundaries of the Willowbrook and Burr Ridge, IL, communities. The forward-thinking work in Gower led to the development of an eLearning Day state-wide model, as well as the expansion of the 5Essentials survey to include fourth- and fifth-grade students across the state of Illinois. 

Victor is an adjunct professor for the Concordia University Chicago graduate program in educational leadership and works as adjunct assistant professor of educational policy studies at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC), where he coteaches the signature pedagogy course on cycles of inquiry as well as a foundational organizational theory course for aspiring superintendents. 

He earned a bachelor’s degree from Illinois Wesleyan University, a master’s degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago in leadership and administration, and a doctoral degree in Urban Education Leadership from the University of Illinois at Chicago for his work entitled Leadership and Change, A Case of Punctuated Equilibrium and a Planned Approach for Continuous Improvement.