Our Leadership Team
Myetie Hamilton, Executive Director
Myetie brings over 18 years of experience leading innovative change in K-12 education, and a deep personal and professional commitment to Chicago’s south side communities. She served most recently as Deputy Chief of Schools for Network 9 within CPS, managing transformation for 27 schools in Chicago’s Woodlawn, Bronzeville and Hyde Park communities. As Executive Director, Myetie leads organizational strategy and vision, fundraising and external relations, and board engagement. Myetie holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management from Alabama A&M University, a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Illinois Institute of Technology and is a Leadership Greater Chicago Fellow Class of 2016.
Tawanna (Toni) Patton, Principal
Toni Patton has served as an educator in Chicago for almost 20 years. As a Spanish teacher, Toni joined the Epic staff in 2010 where she found a school that shared her belief that every student has the potential to achieve academic success and make a profound impact on society. In 2012, she joined the leadership team as the Instructional Guide, using her teaching experience to help Epic teachers improve their practice, and in 2017 she became Epic's principal. She received her teaching degree from Illinois State University, and has been featured on the cover of Teacher magazine and in the book See You When We Get There, Teaching For Change in Urban Schools, by Greg Mitchie.
Josh Miller, Assistant Principal
Committed to empowering urban youth through education, Josh Miller has spent almost a decade as an educator in high schools on the south side of Chicago. Prior to his time at Epic, he taught history at Corliss High School, where he engaged students with a project-based learning model. A Founding Teacher of Epic Academy, Josh developed the curriculum for our College, Careers & Skills program (CCS), a unique four-year course that engages students in learning about, planning for, and acting on their lives beyond high school. Currently, Josh is focusing on improving literacy as the curriculum developer for our reading intervention programs, and sits as a teacher representative on the School Leadership Team. Josh holds a B.A. in Secondary Social Studies Teaching from Anderson University (IN) and a M.A. in Curriculum and Instruction from University of Illinois-Chicago.
Daniel Grady, Director of Diverse Learner Services
Dan’s passion for teaching began in high school, where he himself was inspired by an educator, to tutor students with learning differences. This passion grew as he served in various capacities supporting students in identifying their assets and priorities to be successful in school, career, and life.
In 2004, Dan was accepted into the United States Peace Corps, where he served for two years as a volunteer in the field of Special Education. Recognizing the inequities in the field, Dan worked tirelessly to build expertise within school staff in best instructional practices to support learners with diverse educational and social emotional needs in their least restrictive learning environments.
Dan continues to be a passionate leader dedicated to improving the quality of education for all learners and has served students and their families for over ten years as a Special Education teacher, case manager, instructional coach, Assistant Principal, and Director of Specialized Services in schools on the south-side of Chicago. Dan joined the EPIC team in 2011. He graduated from Indiana University where he earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Secondary and Special Education and earned a Master of Science Degree in School Administration from Governor’s State University.