Jason Patera has been part of the Academy community for nearly 20 years, serving as a faculty member, Chair of the Music Department, Assistant Head of School, Principal, and Head of School.
As Chair of the Music Department, Patera oversaw the development and implementation of several innovative curricular projects, including award-winning programs in music composition and jazz performance. Under his leadership in the administration, the school’s academic program has grown and flourished.
A jazz pianist and drummer, Patera is a summa cum laude graduate of Berklee College of Music, where he studied arranging and contemporary writing. He also founded the college’s newspaper The Groove, now in its 20th year of publication. Patera also holds a Masters Degree in Educational Leadership and has been recognized by the U.S. Department of Education for excellence in teaching.
Jason Patera on WGN Radio!
An excerpt from Jason Patera's first address of 2016-2017 to Academy parents.
Today I sold my Premier drumkit, and I feel like I’ve parted ways with an old friend.
Like many people, I have always enjoyed using New Year’s Day and the weeks that follow as an opportunity to set goals. I’m a habitual resolution maker (both big and small) with a long history of satisfying successes and disappointing failures.
"When you are so lucky as to witness something beautiful… resist the temptation to whip out
your gadget. Enjoy this rare sliver of time called now. It will be gone before you know it."
The terrorist attacks in Paris last week (and the subsequent arguments about everything from Facebook solidarity to Syrian refugees) reminded me of a powerful essay I read years ago: Education is the Work of Teachers, not Hackers.