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.

Dan Grady, Director of Diverse Learner Services

Dan Grady graduated from Indiana University with a degree in Secondary Special Education. Immediately after graduation, Dan joined the Peace Corps, where he volunteered on the island nation of St. Lucia in the field of special education. Dan has almost a decade of experience coordinating the services needed by students with special needs.