Dave Meister

Taylorville, Illinois
dmeister@ga.mohawks.net
http://davemeister.net
Twitter: @davemeister_

Education
Mission Life-long educator with 29 years of experience developing a passion for
teaching, learning, leadership, technology and supporting the life-long
learning of all students and staff. Strong background in developing and
leading the implementation of a progressive vision for education,
balancing increased opportunities for students with fiscal
responsibility. Highly motivated by organizational challenges that
involve new learning and problem solving. Skilled at working
collaboratively with a variety of stakeholders in the organization on
small and large-scale projects, utilizing a data-informed stance to
identify needs and take action to achieve goals. Accomplished
educational professional with refined interpersonal and
communications skills.
Educational
Work History:
July 2017- Present Superintendent –Morrisonville Community Unit School District No. 1.
Lead and supervise the administrative team, including principals and
central office personnel, on curriculum, technology, budget, special
education, facilities, transportation, legislative and human resources
issues. Collaborate with all stakeholders to create a culture of learning.
Collaborate with school board leadership to develop monthly board
meeting and executive session agendas. Collaborate with the Board,
administration and staff to plan fiscally responsible annual budgets to
support growth in student achievement.

2009-2017 Director--Paris Cooperative High School. Accountable for all
superintendent/principal related job responsibilities including serving
as executive officer of the Board of Education. Duties also include
preparing the budget using the ISBE budget form, state and federal
reporting, curriculum design and implementation, teacher evaluation,
school improvement planning, and staff development.

July-August 2011 Interim Superintendent—Paris Union School District No. 95. Served
as the Board’s chief executive officer while it searched for a part-time
superintendent to serve while consolidation is considered. Prepared
2012 fiscal budget, prepared information for and conducted two
regular Board meetings as well performed the related job
responsibilities.

2001-2009 Principal--Paris High School. Accountable for all principal related job
responsibilities for a 600 student high school. Managed all aspects of
the comprehensive high school program as well as student activities.
1999-2001 Principal—Vance and Redmon Elementary Schools. Accountable for
all principal related job responsibilities for two 150 student
intermediate grades three through five schools for Paris Union School
District No. 95.

1998-1999 Principal--Wenz and Redmon Elementary Schools. Accountable for all
principal related job responsibilities for one 150 student intermediate
grades three through five school and one 150 student primary grades
kindergarten through grade two school for Paris Union School District
No. 95.

1995-1998 Paris High School Social Studies Department Chairperson.

1989-1998 Paris High School Social Studies Teacher. Taught U.S History, World
History, European History, Contemporary Problems and Psychology.
Head girls varsity softball coach, head boys varsity baseball coach,
assistant boys basketball coach, and assistant track coach.

Education Eastern Illinois University, Charleston, Illinois. Specialist Degree in
School Administration, August 2002.

Eastern Illinois University, Charleston, Illinois. Master of Science in
School Administration, August 1997.

University of Wyoming, Laramie, Wyoming. Bachelor of Arts in
Secondary Social Studies Education, May 1989.

Certification: Illinois General Administration Type 75 (K-12) with superintendent
endorsement

Related Work
Experiences
2011-2015 Supervised the day to day construction activities of a $40 million dollar
new campus. Was involved in design, bidding, state reporting, and
construction oversight and made regular reports for the Board of
Education.

2011 Paris Union School District No. 95 and Paris Community Unit District
both passed successful building referendums to build a new high school
for the Paris community. Member of the Yes to PCHS referendum
committee.

2010 & 2015 Lead spokesperson for the PCHS Board of Education during contract
negotiations. Board and association of teachers agreed to a three year
contract

2009 Authored a successful Enhancing Education Through Technology
grant application that was awarded to Paris Union School District No.
95. Grant award was for $297,000.

1998-2010 Prepared and presented the levy for Paris Union School District No. 95.
to the Board of Education.
2004-2009 Prepared and filed the Paris Union School No. 95 E-rate application

2007 Lead spokesperson for the Board of Education during contract
negotiations. Board and association of teachers agreed to a four year
contract.

2005-2009 Headed the Paris Union School District No. 95 Technology Committee.
Authored the District’s technology plan.

1996-1997 Designed and maintained the Paris Union School District #95 Internet
website. (http://www.paris95.k12.il.us)
&2002-2009

2000 Planned, coordinated, as well as executed a successful campaign to
defeat the Property Tax Extension Limitation Law (PTELL) in Edgar
County.

2000 Wrote a successful Qualified Zone Academy Bond (QZAB) application
that secured $500,000 of no interest loans for the district.

1999 Member of Citizens for Better Schools. The committee successfully
planned strategy, raised money, and campaigned to pass a referendum
to build additions onto two elementary schools.

1997-1998 Co-authored the District's successful application for the Technology
Innovation Program Grant. Created the staff development component of the grant
application.

Professional
Achievements &
Recognitions
2011 Secured a grant though ISBE and the University of Illinois to
implement the Illinois Career Clusters and career paths construct at
Paris Cooperative High School. PCHS is one of two schools selected
statewide to participate in the grant.

2009 Was asked to author a passage for the book “Leading 21st Century
Schools,” by Lynne Shrum, professor and director of teacher education
in the College of Education and Human Development at George Mason
University. My passage on modeling the use of technology appears on
page nine.

2009 Prepared and participated in an informational campaign in which a
team of administrators made over 20 presentations for the community
about the creation of a cooperative high school. The measure passed in
November of 2009 creating the first cooperative high school in Illinois.

2007 Authored Paris High School’s successful grant application to join the
Illinois High Schools that Work Network. Participation in the network
has brought various innovations to the school as well many staff
development opportunities. Grant awarded $80,000 to the school.
2001 State Superintendent Max McGee sent Redmon and Vance schools a
congratulatory letter for the increased ISAT scores and achievement of
its low- income students.

1996 Eastern Illinois University Department of Educational Psychology and
Guidance Excellence in Teaching Award.

1996, 1998 Who's Who Among American High School Teachers.

Professional
Presentations

November 2015 Regional Office of Education (ROE 54) Administrator’s Academy---
Technology and the School Administrator, Leading by Example

April 2011 Illinois Principal’s Association (IPA) Administrator’s Academy—
Using social media to inform your community, advocate for change,
and model technology use for staff.

February 2011 Illinois Computing Educators (ICE) Conference presentation
“Together We are Smarter” Using technology and social media for the
school administrator.

November 2010 Share the Success Panel “Forming a Cooperative High School” at the
IASB/IASA/IASBO Joint Annual Conference

March 2010 “Be the Change You Want to See” Technology and the Tools for
effective administrators. Presented at the East Central Illinois
Technology Conference

September 2009 Using Twitter to build a professional learning network. Presented to
the PCHS staff

March 2009 SMARTBoard for beginners. Presented to the Paris Union School
District No. 95 staff. (SMARTBoard trainer)

April 2009 Intermediate SMARTBoard. Presented to the Paris Union School
District No. 95 staff. (SMARTBoard trainer)

October 2008 Using Web 2.0 in the Classroom. Presented at the Edgar County Fall
2008 Institute

October 1999 Presented seminars on: Accelerated Math/Math Renaissance,
Accelerated Reader/Reading Renaissance, and Best Practices in
Reading. Presented at the Edgar County Fall 1999 Institute
1996-1998 Created materials for and conducted teacher inservices for both
Internet web page construction and internet/email use in the classroom.
Presented to district staff

1997-1998 Created materials for and conduct inservices for Windows 95 and
Microsoft PowerPoint. Presented to district staff

Community
Activities:
2011 Youth Ministry Volunteer—St. Mary’s Catholic Church

2008-2011 Volunteer Coach Paris Youth Basketball

2008-2010 Edgar County United Way Board Member

2007-2008 Edgar County United Way Campaign co-chairperson
Successfully executed a $120,000 campaign fund drive.

2006-2007 Edgar County United Way Campaign co-chairperson
Successfully executed a $100,000 campaign fund drive.

2005-2006 Edgar County United Way Campaign chairman
Successfully executed a $93,000 campaign fund drive.

2005-2009 Member of the Kiwanis Early Riser service organization

1999-2003 Volunteer boys and girls basketball coach for the Paris
Y.M.C.A.

References:
Connie Sutton Jim Blue
Special Services Board of Education President
Paris Union School District #95 Paris Community Unit No. 4
300 South Eads 502 Marshall Street
Paris, IL 61944 Paris, IL 61944
(217) 465-8448 (217) 463-2816

Dr. Richard J. Voltz Dr. David E. Bartz
Associate Director/Profession Development Professor Emeritis
Illinois Association of School Administrators Eastern Illinois University
2648 Beechler Court College of Educational Leadership
Springfield, Illinois 62703-7305
217/753-2213 2320 Buzzard Hall
600 Lincoln Avenue
Charleston, IL 61920
(217) 581-6673