Nigel Whittington was born and educated in England. Nigel received his teaching degree from Oxford, England, a further degree in Social Studies from the Open University, and a final degree in Educational Administration from the University of Idaho. Nigel taught for 4 years before leaving the United Kingdom to travel around the world. His journey was halted in the United States when he found out that love at first sight does exist and he was not moving on without Toni, his wife to be.
Since settling in the USA, Nigel spent 7 years teaching on the East Coast; four years in schools for students with learning issues and then three years as a middle school head in an independent school in New Jersey. Nigel's family next headed west and he spent 17 years as the Director of the Middle School at The Community School in Sun Valley, Idaho. Nigel spent a year on the island nation of Antigua where he worked as a Deputy Headmaster and implemented the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program at Island Academy. Most recently, an advert on the web site for the Green Schools’ brought Nigel here to Illinois.
In between teaching, Nigel has worked as a guide in Switzerland, a rock climbing instructor, a white water rafting guide, a farm hand, a carpenter and construction foreman, a fishmonger, and a customs and excise office for Her Majesty. And while his journey to see the world did not follow his original game plan, Nigel's family has since joined in with the fun and jumped on board for different legs of the journey. Nigel's son still likes to tell about when he and his dad crossed Costa Rica without touching a motorized vehicle, staying and playing in small farming communities as they biked, hiked, and rafted from west to east.
It is Nigel's varied background and curious nature that he believes makes him a good fit for Prairie Crossing Charter School. He has always immersed himself in his local community and is doing the same here in Illinois. Nigel looks forward to working on goals that will meet the mission of PCCS and is excited about helping the students on their journey towards becoming considerate local and global citizens.