New Proviso East Assistant Principal Aims for Excellence
November 6, 2014 03:20 PM
Dr. Brian Colbert, as the new assistant principal for student life and athletics at Proviso East High School, has one primary goal for his new school: excellence on both the playing field and in the classroom.
"The grand plan is to really continue to strive back to creating excellence in all sports, because they have outstanding athletic ability from our students in all sports," he said. "It’s to make Proviso East a state competitor at all sports. But it’s to prepare our kids to be student-athletics, so that they have the academic skills that when they get to college, they can be successful."
Dr. Colbert assumed the new position on October 16, coming to Proviso East after three years as the athletic director at North Chicago High School. He said that he always had much respect for the athletics program at Proviso East, even while starring on the basketball team at Zion-Benton Township High School in the late 1970s.
"Generally, even growing up as a high school kid, I always heard great things about their program," he said. "When the opportunity came to become a part of it, I was excited about that opportunity."
After high school, Dr. Colbert moved to play basketball at the University of Wisconsin in Madison, though he eventually graduated from Carthage College in Kenosha, Wisconsin. During that time, he aimed to eventually become a teacher and a coach. He eventually became the head basketball coach at Waukegan High School before moving on to North Chicago High School as an assistant varsity basketball coach. In addition, he spent 17 years as a principal, area superintendent, and athletic director in the Racine (Wisconsin) Unified School District before returning to North Chicago High School as athletic director.
He said that he considers working with young people a privilege.
"I like being able to pass on my experiences to students, to give them ideas that they can use," Dr. Colbert said. "When I look at them, I see myself, and I try to give them the tools that they would need to be successful. If you really focus on education and your work ethic and athletics, there are opportunities for you to become successful."
Dr. Colbert added that he hopes to be able to reach out to the greater community, including working with elementary and middle school students as they prepare to eventually attend Proviso East.
Mr. Tony Valente, principal at Proviso East, said that Dr. Colbert will be an asset to the school.
"I am happy to have Dr. Colbert on board as a fellow administrator," Mr. Valente said. "His experience will be helpful as we move forward toward having the athletics program that we want to have, and improving the great school that we already have."