Dr. Karl Fivek is a former Illinois public and Christian school teacher and administrator. Now semi-retired, Dr. Fivek maintains active participation in the educational arena by serving as a board member for Lighted Way, a non-public institution located in LaSalle, Illinois, that serves profound special needs children and for the Illinois Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (IASCD). In addition to the IASCD, Dr. Fivek is a member of the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, the American Association of School Administrators, the Illinois Association of School Administrators, the Illinois Association of School Business Officials, The National Reading Association, The Illinois Reading Council, and the Starved Rock Reading Council
After Serving in the U.S. Navy, Dr. Fivek began his career in 1968 as a public school elementary and junior high teacher. During that time, he served as an Academic Team Leader and chairman of the Social Studies Committee. He began his administrative career in 1980 as a principal, school business manager, assistant superintendent and superintendent. Following his retirement from public education, he served as principal of LaSalle-Peru Christian School, LaSalle, Illinois, and Princeton Christian Academy, Princeton, Illinois, and as a Christian school and public school consultant. He recently completed seven years as an adjunct professor of Education for Tennessee Temple University in Chattanooga, Tennessee. He also does pulpit supply for area churches.
Dr. Fivek earned a bachelor of arts degree from Roosevelt University in Chicago, a master of arts degree from Northeastern Illinois University in Chicago, a certificate of advanced study and his doctoral degree in education from Northern Illinois University in DeKalb. Additionally, he maintains current Illinois State Board of Education certification as a teacher, principal, chief school business official and superintendent.