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Mr. David R Carey

Mr. David R Carey

Office: 1331 Buzzard Hall -
Phone: 217-402-3385
Email: dcarey@eiu.edu

David Carey's Vita
Office hours: 
 Buzzard Hall
 Reading Center
 Monday, Wednesday, Friday 10-11 AM

 By appointment


EIU-  BS in Education
EIU- MS in Education
U of I- Specialist in Educational Leadership (EdS)
U of I- Reading Recovery trained 

Selected Conference Presentations

Reading Recovery
Reading instruction in the elementary grades
Cooperative learning
Best practices in teaching in the elementary classroom
Leadership in the elementary school
Eastern Illinois University
2009 Class of Outstanding Graduate Alumni
David Carey came to Charleston at the age of 
three when his father, Robert Carey, was hired as 
the head basketball coach at EIU. (Robert retired 
from EIU in 1977 after a successful career working 
with physical education graduate students as well 
as coaching basketball and golf. He is a member of the Wall of Fame in Lantz Gym.  Robert passed 
away October 28, 2008. David's mother is Ruth Carey, now residing in Phoenix, Az. His brothers, John and Patrick live in  Phoenix and his sister, Jane, lives in Saratoga, Wy.)  
David graduated 
from Charleston High School in 1969 and Eastern 
Illinois University with a bachelor’s degree in 1973 
and a master’s degree in 1978, both in elementary education. In 1984, he received his 
specialist degree in instructional media, also from EIU, and received his administrative 
certification in the principalship as well as the superintendency after completing 
coursework at EIU. He recently graduated from the University of Illinois with an Ed.S. in 
leadership. David spent 17 years teaching 1st-4th grades in Westfield, Sullivan, Mattoon 
and Charleston and was media director for one year in a Mattoon elementary school 
and two years at the Charleston Junior High before becoming principal/title 1 teacher at 
Lerna School in 1990. While at Lerna School he trained as a Reading Recovery teacher 
and helped to bring the Reading Recovery Program to Charleston in 1992. In 1994 he was 
hired as dual principal for both Lerna and Carl Sandburg Elementary schools and served 
in that position until 1998 when the Charleston school system was restructured. His 
planning team helped design and develop the current “centers system” used to organize 
Charleston’s elementary schools. He was then named principal of the newly renovated 
and expanded Carl Sandburg school, which almost tripled in size. During his tenure 
there, he and his staff strengthened ties with EIU as a professional development school. 
Working closely with Dr. Brian Reid, Director of School and University Partnerships, 
they developed the goals of providing pre-service teachers increased opportunities for 
the classroom, teacher and student contact, and also provided classroom teachers and 
students with additional support and focused assistance. Before retiring in 2007, he and 
Judy Barford, EIU instructor, worked together to oversee a four-year project entitled 
the School-based Cohort Immersion Program. This project identified strong teaching 
candidates as freshman at EIU and paired them with veteran master teachers in the 
Charleston school district as mentors.   Many of these pre-service candidates are now 
successfully regarded classroom teachers in various locations throughout the state, 
including one in Charleston. David is married to his high school sweetheart, Janelle, who 
recently retired after teaching English at EIU for 25 years. They have one son, Joshua, 
who lives in Villa Park, Illinois. David taught at Middle Tennessee State 
University in Murfreesboro Tennessee after his retirement in 2007. He and Janelle now reside in Savoy, Il.
David Carey
He was selected as an Outstanding EIU Graduate Alumnus in 2008.

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