Dr. John Draper

NSPRA National Consultant

Engaging Presentations About  Public Schools

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Biographical Information 

    John Draper is the son of two teachers and a product of public schools.  After graduating from college and working several years in business, he realized that he was an educator at heart.  He began as a middle school science and math teacher in Calera, Alabama, and still enjoys middle school students a great deal!  

One of his favorite positions was middle school assistant principal, after which he became the first principal at Oak Mountain Middle School in Shelby County, AL.  From there he served just one year as principal at Homewood High School before he was chosen to lead the Council for Leaders in Alabama Schools, a non-profit association representing all school administrators in the state. 

After serving 9 years as the Executive Director for CLAS, John was named CEO of the Educational Research Service--a national, non-profit, research company. He now serves as a National Consultant for NSPRA, the National School Public Relations Association, working to expand support for the nation's public schools. NSPRA is a membership organization helping school leaders and school districts engage more effectively with communities. John lives in a Virginia suburb of Washington, DC with his wife, Kathy. They have three grown sons. 

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Introduction For Dr. Draper

John Draper has enjoyed a wide variety of experiences in his lifetime. He has been a newspaper reporter, construction worker, jailor, actor, timber buyer, musician, small business owner, choir director, soccer coach, Sunday school teacher, and door-to-door aluminum siding salesman. For the last 30+ years he has been middle and high school teacher, assistant principal, middle and high school principal, Executive Director of the Council for Leaders in Alabama Schools, CEO of the Educational Research Service, and now serves as a National Consultant with NSPRA, the National School Public Relations Association, a membership organization dedicated to increasing the effectiveness of school leaders and building support for schools and school districts.

Dr. Draper earned his undergraduate and graduate degrees at the University of Montevallo in Alabama and his Doctorate from Samford University. He is most proud of his doctorate from the school of "hard knocks" earned as a middle school assistant principal in charge of discipline for 1400 students. He has done keynotes for hundreds of schools, school districts and associations across the country. 

Please welcome, Dr. John Draper.

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