John Ayers

Profile Updated: June 21, 2021
Where do you live now? South Bend, IN USA
Spouse/Partner: Judi Minter
Profession: Retired; former VP, Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, Stanford CA
Children? Maya Minter, born 1988; Dede Minter, born 1990
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Are any of your children in the military service?:

No.

Do you have any grandchildren?:

No.

Do you have a favorite Glenbard West memory?

Student strike at the time of the Kent State/Cambodia; Tom LaPorte's Yippie-like stunts.

What was your least favorite high school memory?

M.J. Vilardi and I were working at the radio station at Glenbard, and M.J. offered a single LP give-away to listeners who called with an answer to a simple musical question. No one called. He then offered 5 albums, no answer to our dumb question required. Nothing. 20 albums. "Just call and 20 albums from the Record Shop are yours." No calls. We were broadcasting to no one.

What cool thing has happened in your life since high school?

I have had four cool jobs contributing to the improvement of urban education. My focus has been on school governance, small schools, teaching for social justice, charter schools and rethinking education research to make it more usable and practical. I am gratified that these passions have passed to our kids. One of our daughters, Maya, teaches 4th grade in a public school in Worcester, MA and the other, Dede, was married during the pandemic and works as an investigator for the public defender's office in Charlottesville, VA.

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Judi, John, Maya and Dede at Maya's graduation from Clark University, Worcester, MA. May 2010.