Ronell Whitaker is a high school English teacher in Illinois at Community High School District 218. He grew up on the south side of Chicago, where he developed a profound love of comic books, film and technology. These seemingly disconnected passions have informed Mr. Whitaker as an educator, and have led to his passion for helping his students develop fluency in multiple literacies. He has presented across the country at conferences and conventions on the virtues of comics in the classroom.