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Dominican University alum Keith Reardon ’23 is highlighted in an article published by the Wednesday Journal of Oak Park.

“From Janitor to Middle-School Classroom” tells the story of Reardon’s return to higher education to obtain a teaching degree after working for several years as a custodian for Oak Park Elementary School District 97. Reardon’s story was first shared in the Spring 2023 edition of Dominican Magazine.

Following a semester of student-teaching and receiving his bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Dominican in May 2023, Reardon is now an eighth-grade social studies teacher at Percy Julian Middle School.

“Everyone thinks you graduate high school and then you go through all four years of college and then you start a job—and that is not the case for most people,” Reardon told the Wednesday Journal. “Most people have a non-straight path … and that is important to tell kids.”

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