“I take whatever job is open!” he said with a smile while greeting children in the Stuart R. Paddock lunch room. “I love the kids, I love the faculty, I love the parents, it’s just a great place to be. I walk into this building and I just feel welcome.”
Dr. Tavano is more than the average substitute teacher. He’s a retired school superintendent, having spent 38 years in K-12 education. After retiring from his post as Superintendent of Schools in Rosemont District 78, he transitioned into higher education, working as a professor of elementary education at DePaul University until he retired from that role in 2018.
The Palatine resident and former District 15 parent fills substitute teacher openings at many District 15 schools including Stuart R. Paddock, Central Road, Lake Louise, Thomas Jefferson and Hunting Ridge. Tavano says he chooses to be a substitute teacher because for him, it’s all about the kids.
“I was working in a classroom this morning and one little boy didn’t understand that zero times any number is zero. Then all of sudden...he got it! It was this lightbulb moment. And that makes it all worthwhile for me,” Tavano said.