Dr. Jay Mann is a three-time graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He earned a BA in History in 2000, an M.Ed. in Educational Organization and Leadership in 2003, and a Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction in 2017.  As an undergraduate, Dr. Mann was a James Scholar in Liberal Arts and Sciences and completed a number of his honors contracts with faculty in the College of Education.  

For seven years, he taught Social Studies and Spanish at Charleston High School in Charleston, IL. He also served as the Director of Student Activities at Charleston from 2003-2007 and advised various clubs and organizations throughout his tenure. From 2007-2009, Dr. Mann was an assistant principal at Belvidere North High School in Belvidere, IL. Dr. Mann returned to the College of Education in 2009.  In 2011, he became the Director of School and Community Experiences for the College of Education a role in which he oversees school and community placements for the early childhood, elementary, middle grades, and secondary teacher education programs.  He also teaches courses in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction.

Dr. Mann’s wife Amy is a high school Spanish teacher in Charleston, and they are the proud parents of a son, Layne, who has already told them he can't wait to be a future Illini!