John DuBois

John DuBois (HP Library) has been a Highland Park resident for the past seven years.  He is a sales representative for Pearson Prentice Hall and has sold textbooks to Districts 112, and 113 for the past twenty-eight years. He learned how chess pieces move in junior high school, but didn’t study the game until after college.  A former English teacher at Niles West High School, John sees chess as a great opportunity for kids to develop logical thinking skills as well as creativity.  He is especially interested in exploring techniques for teaching chess to school children, including focusing early on endgames involving only a few pieces and helping kids learn the central ideas of positional chess.  He sees the computer as a powerful tool in helping kids develop chess skills.