Director of Learning
Balazs Dibuz hails from Seattle where he earned his undergraduate degree in the Comparative History of Ideas at the University of Washington. After a number of years teaching English and American Literature in Szeged, Hungary, and starting a family that grew quickly to three children, Balazs earned a Masters in Comparative Literature at Indiana University, Bloomington. His thesis applied hermeneutics and reader response theory to the writings of Borges and Calvino.
Balazs entered upon a 17-year career in elementary education as a middle school language arts and social studies teacher at Quest Academy, a school for gifted children in Palatine, IL. He brought his love for world literature and history to his students in a highly differentiated, project-based learning environment that included many hands-on experiences in real-world settings. After growing into an administrative role as Director of Teaching and Learning at Quest, Balazs moved to the Ancona School in Hyde Park, where he held a similar position for six years.
At Ancona, Balazs oversaw the work of teachers from Pre-K to 8th grade, including curriculum revision, professional development, teacher evaluation, new teacher induction and the nuts and bolts of the day-to-day functioning of a small independent school. In addition, Balazs has developed curriculum for a variety of institutions and organizations, including the Office of the Mayor of Chicago and The McCormick-Tribune Freedom Museum. His newest project is the creation of an ecological design curriculum, along with tools and materials to support this. Balazs has worked with teachers in other capacities as well, notably as a member and chair of the Professional Services Committee of the Independent Schools Association of the Central States (ISACS). He has also traveled widely in order to study the educational programs and pedagogies of different cultures and nations.