Dr. Paul "PJ" Karafiol
A Chicagoan and CPS graduate (Kenwood Academy class of ‘88), PJ Karafiol has devoted his career to educating and supporting CPS students. Perhaps foreshadowing his current role, PJ began his career as a student teacher in Lake View’s summer precalculus program. Over the years, PJ’s commitment as a classroom teacher has been matched by his administrative leadership -- taking on roles including department chair, curriculum coordinator, LSC representative and assistant principal. His CPS high school experience has included positions at Ogden International and Walter Payton College prep, where he spent 15 years as a teacher and resident principal. A fluent French speaker, PJ channels his passion for language and world culture by leading student trips across the globe. PJ earned a PhD from University of Illinois at Chicago, a Master's degree in philosophy from the University of Chicago, and a Bachelor’s degree in philosophy from Harvard University where he also completed a year of law school.