Originally from Philadelphia, PA, Corey Winchester’s (he/him/his) project as an educator stems from those who have shown him love from an early age, his family and close friends. Relationships matter! Centering that loving energy, his work is about developing, creating, and sustaining more humanizing and liberatory learning environments particularly for BIPOC & LGBTQ+ communities, and the vast intersection of other salient identities that carry so much meaning in a sociopolitical context that has, successfully at times, attempted to reduce our existences to the negotiation of these identities as connected to our survival. We need radical and revolutionary change!
Corey has over a decade of teaching experience ranging from middle school to graduate school. Corey currently teaches US History and Sociology of Class, Gender, and Race at Evanston Township High School (ETHS) in Evanston, IL. At ETHS, he also serves as an Induction Co-Coordinator for newly hired licensed staff and as the staff coordinator of Students Organized Against Racism (SOAR). In the state of Illinois, he serves on several committees and advisory boards, including the State Educator Preparation and Licensure Board (SEPLB) and Advance Illinois’ Educator Advisory Council. He was recognized as an Excellent Early Career Educator by the Illinois State Board of Education in 2013, a Distinguished Alumni from Loyola University Chicago’s School of Education in 2016, received the Golden Apple Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2019, and was honored as Gilder Lehrman Illinois History Teacher of the Year in 2020. He has delivered two TEDx talks, one at TEDxNorthwestern in 2019 and the most recent at TEDxLFHS in 2020. At Northwestern University, he is a PhD student in Learning Sciences and an instructor in the Teacher Education program.
For self-care, Corey enjoys spending time with friends and family, exercising, being outdoors, reading, playing board and console games, traveling, cooking, and eating, and occasionally binging on TV shows.