Dr. John Kugler
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John Kugler
Chicago, IL 60609

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My ideas all center on opening the minds of inner city youth to the opportunities that await them in their communities and around the world through technology training and integration. I feel it is important to make a concrete link between classroom study and real world demand for skilled multicultural, multilingual artisans, who will be able to design, build, repair, and maintain our infrastructures in the years to come.

One of the goals of my professional career is to bring technology education and training back into the mainstream of instruction. At Hyde Park Academy we have increased enrollment by 118% over a two year period: this year there are at least 90 applicants for 48 course positions. We created an after school technology recycling program that serves 40 students with an annual budget of $65,000. The long-term plan for this program is to build in a self-sustaining management and expansion schema that will function regardless of the dynamics of educational change at the local and national level. As part of this program in the last four years one instructor has gone on to be a certified Illinois teacher, two others are fully paid technology instructors and three more are paid instructor interns. In this way we can better prepare those that would teach the next generation of American leaders.

Projects include the redesigning and reconstruction of a secondary school in Cameroon, infrastructure upgrades for school in Tanzania, and the continued cooperation with secondary schools in Santiago Papasquiaro, Mexico to improve educational building design and infrastructure.

In the continuous battle for resources to help students realize their full potential in competing and joining the global economy the goal is success. With perseverance, patience, and numerous supporters who believe in the hopes and dreams of the youth we serve, not only will these projects be realized but our students will become a much sought-after commodity in the world market.

PhD in Education, specialization in Leadership for K-12 Programs - Capella U (2008)
Type 75 General Administrative Certificate K-12 - Capella U (2007)
Graduate Student-at-Large Program - University of Chicago (2005)
Type 09 Secondary Teaching Certificate - Technology Education Eastern IL U (2005)
Master of Science in Education - Technology and Education - Chicago State (2002)
Bachelor of Science - Technical and Physical Sciences - Chicago State (2002)
Associate of Science w/ Honors Pre-Engineering - Harold Washington College (1998)
Certificate of Completion - University of Illinois at Chicago (1986)


Teacher (5 years)
(Type 09, Cert. No. 2390178)
Hyde Park Career Academy, Chicago, IL

Program Facilitator - Hyde Park Tech Corps (3 years)
After School Matters, Chicago, IL

Teacher Mentor – Golden Teachers (2 years)
(Type 75, Cert. No. 2308296)
Chicago Public Schools, Chicago, IL

Program Advisor - Hyde Park Entrepreneurs (3 years)
Youth Technology Corps, Chicago, IL

Graduate Assistant - Dr.Rathnau (1 year)
Chicago State University, Chicago, IL

Teaching Assistant – Dr.Rathnau ( 2 years)
Chicago State University, Chicago, IL

Trainer/Foreman - AA Remodeling Co. (15 years)
AA Plumbing Salvage LP, Chicago, IL

Local School Council Member - Approve School Budget 2002-2004
Judge of Election - Administer County and Local Elections 1998-2004
Students In Free Enterprise Scholar - Develop/Implement Programs 2001
A-A Remodeling Co. - Manage Small Business Operations 1996-2001
Treasurer Phi Theta Kappa Honors Society - Planning/Coordinating Travel 1998-1999
KEM Co. - Property Management 1994-1998

A-A Remodeling - Custom Renovations (All Trades) 1986-2001
A-A Mechanical - Boiler Installation 1998-2000
M&M Custom Decorating - Job Preparation/Closing 1987-1998
Astro Heating and Cooling - Pipe Fitting/Sheet Metal Work 1996-1997
Aardema Floor Specialists Refinishing Hardwood Floors 1987-1988

Wrigley Manufacturing - Maintenance/Sanitation 1998-2003
Brisken Manufacturing - Quality Control Auditor 1993-1994
Yuenger Wood Moulding - Machine Operator (Embosser) 1993
Creative Industries - Machine Operator (Extruder) 1988-1989

“Building High Performance Science Urban Institutes” (09 November 2007) Presentation at the Chicago Section of the American Association of Physics Teachers: Naperville, IL. http://www.neiu.edu/~csaapt/program-fall07.html

“The Changing Shop - Tech Ed is Not about Skills Anymore” (Winter 2006) IT Insider, v. 8, no. 3. www.nait.org/itinsider/08-03.pdf

“Controlling Violence within a Public Setting” (20 May 2008) Presentation at Contingency Planning & Management 2008 West: Las Vegas, Nevada.
http://www.contingencyplanning.com/articles/56369/ SB12 Kugler.ppt

“Entrepreneurial Encouragement” in Students in Free Enterprise Annual Report (5 April 2001): 2.

“Entrepreneurship Training for Inner City Youth” (20 October 2006) Paper presented at the 2006 IJME, INTERTECH Conference: Newark, New Jersey.

Immigrants Take Over Schools: A Historical Study of Minorities Influencing Educational Policy (PhD dissertation, Capella University, 2008).

“Making Science Understandable, Is It Possible?” (19 March 2005) Paper presented at the Chicago Section of the American Association of Physics Teachers: Chicago, IL. http://www.neiu.edu/~csaapt/spring05.htm

“Minority Influence on Engineering Technology in Shaping Industrial Education Policy” (18 November 2008) Presentation for the International Journal of Modern Engineering: Nashville, TN.

Minority Influence on Engineering Technology in Shaping Industrial Education Policy (Spring 2009) Technology Interface Journal, v. 9, no. 2. ISSN# 1523-9926, Online Journal, http://technologyinterface.nmsu.edu/Spring09/

Reuse in school, is it possible? Technology Management in Teaching Institutions: Recycling Old Technology to Save Costs and Teach Sustainability. (10-14 November 2009) ATMAE Annual Conference: Louisville, Kentucky. Reuse in School - NAIT 2009.pdf

“Staying up-to-date is it possible? Technology Management in Teaching Institutions: Getting Around the Red Tape to Keeping Technology Current and Compatible with Industry Standards” (5 January 2009) Paper presented at the 2009 Hawaii International Conference on Education: Honolulu, HI. HI 2009 Presentation -kugler.pdf

A Study of Czechoslovak Immigration and their Contributions to Vocational Education in Chicago between 1875 and 1935 (MS thesis, Chicago State University, 2003). http://etdindividuals.dlib.vt.edu:9090/316/

Urban Green Leaders: Recruiting, Training, and Retaining Highly Qualified Instructors to Teach Sustainability. (10-14 November 2009) ATMAE Annual Conference: Louisville, Kentucky. Urban Green leaders - NAIT 2009.pdf


“‘abundance of caution’” (29 April 2009) (Radio Interview). 3rd Annual International Computer Recycling Competition. [Radio Broadcast] WBBM 780AM: Chicago, IL. http://www.wbbm780.com/topic/play_window.php?audioType=Episode&audioId=3676366

“Arne goes to Washington. Now what?” (17 December 2008) (Letter to Editor). Chicago Tribune. http://archives.chicagotribune.com/2008/dec/17/opinion/chi-081217kugler_briefs

Heppermann, A., & Oehler, K. (Writer) (2006, October 4). Documentary: Re-forming Englewood [Radio Broadcast]: WBEZ 91.5 FM, Chicago. http://www.chicagopublicradio.org/Content.aspx?audioID=406

“Hyde Park Career Academy Computer Competition” (01 May 2009) [TV News Report]: NBC 5 WMAQ, Chicago.
ICT Service Trip North Carolina USA (16 August 2009) United Nations Global Alliance for ICT and Development [Online Report] http://un-gaid.ning.com/profiles/blogs/ict-service-trip-north

“International Computer Competition” (01 May 2009) [TV News Report]: ABC 7 WLS, Chicago.

International Computer Recycling Program. (16, May 2009) (Talk Radio Interview) [Radio Broadcast]: WCFJ 1470 AM, Chicago.

Linden, C. (05 February 2009) Displaced teachers usually find a job, Chicago school data shows [Online News] http://news.medill.northwestern.edu/chicago/news.aspx?id=114679&print=1

Moore, P. (14 August 2009) Students learn to restore computers. Goldsboro News-Argus [Online News Article] http://www.newsargus.com/news/archives/2009/08/14/students_learn_to_restore_computers/

Rossi, R., & Konkol, M. J. (2006, March 12). Teachers quitting 'out of fear'. Chicago-SunTimes, p. 21A.

Rossi, R., Konkol, M. J., & Golab, A. (2006, March 12). Schools close, violence spikes. Chicago Sun-Times, pp. 20A-21A. http://www.informationliberation.com/?id=7858

Rossi & Golab, A. (2006, August 20). False-alarm pranks plague city schools. Chicago Sun-Times, pp. 10A-11A.

“Teachers call for improved school safety” Gutierrez, T (Reporter) (13 March 2006) [TV Broadcast]: WLS 7 News, Chicago. http://abclocal.go.com/wls/story?section=news/local&id=3989778

“Teens Address Community Technology Need With Global Ambition” (07 August 2009) PR Newswire [Online Press Release] http://www.prnewswire.com/mnr/ytcorps/39347/

“Will Change Come to CPS?” (18 December 2008) (Letter to Editor) Chicago Sun-Times.

Youth Technology Corps 1st Computer Competition (27 March 2007) Southwest Youth Collaborative. http://www.swyc.org/node/127


Contributor, The Architecture Handbook: A Student Guide to Understanding Buildings (2007) Chicago Architecture Foundation. http://www.architecture.org/archhandbook/

Contributor, CTU leads the attack on violence in schools. (2006, April) Chicago Union Teacher, v. 69, no. 8, p.1.

Contributor, School Days (2006, summer) Constructor: Chicago, Mc4West Newsletter, p. 3.

Contributor, School Improvement Plan for Advancing Academic Achievement 2003-2004, Greene School.

Contributor, School Improvement Plan for Advancing Academic Achievement 2005-2007, Greene School.

Contributor, School Improvement Plan for Advancing Academic Achievement 2006-2008, Hyde Park Academy.

Contributor, Union Offers Measures to Stop School Violence (13 March 2006) [Press Release]: Chicago Teachers Union, Chicago. http://district299.typepad.com/district299/files/ctu_response.doc

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At 10:23pm on August 30, 2009, Kewaldev said…
Thanks Jon ,For your reply.

We are currently conducting the Knitting training for women and young girls from rural community.after this program our we will focus on education.
At 6:03am on August 4, 2009, Kewaldev said…
How are you John?
did you receive my email?
At 4:29am on June 8, 2009, Kewaldev said…
Greetings from Nepal

I hope you can contribute a lot to the people with your experiences.


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