Banner was formed in 2003 to open and operate therapeutic day and alternative schools for disadvantaged and disengaged young people living in large urban centers. Banner has operated programs in Illinois, Wisconsin, Michigan and Florida, developing innovative curricula along the way. And, most importantly, we have educated thousands of students, providing them with the means to make positive changes in their lives, obtain their high school diplomas, and achieve success in their post-secondary endeavors.
In 2015, Banner started an entrepreneurial training program in one of its Chicago schools. We noticed that the program increased attendance and academic performance while reducing negative behaviors. From this experience, we realized the true power and effectiveness of teaching entrepreneurship to disadvantaged and disengaged young people in an educational setting.
In addition to operating schools, Banner also operates Workforce High, a workforce development program built on an entrepreneurial platform, and Making Moguls, an innovative platform that connects Workforce High's young entrepreneurs with established industry professionals. And, through Transformation Academy, Banner also provides high-level training to educators, staff, and students in a variety of areas.
In 2022, Banner Northlake was formed to manage to day to day operations at a therapeutic day school in Lake Villa, Illinois. In this role, Banner Northlake is responsible for the school and its education and therapeutic programs.
Director of Educational & Therapeutic Services
Eric Carlton has over 30 years of experience in the education arena. He served as a special education teacher, assistant/associate principal, and principal of a large public high school. Eric later became a regional vice president of a national educational services company. In 2003, he started Banner to open and operate alternative and therapeutic day programs. Eric earned his Bachelor of Arts in African Studies from the University of Maryland Baltimore County, Masters of Science in Special Education from Johns Hopkins University, and Education Specialist Degree from Walden University. He is certified in Administration, Special Education and Instructional Leadership and belongs to numerous associations. Eric has received significant accolades, including the AdvancED Illinois Leadership Award and Excellence in Education Award, the Maryland Governor’s Citation for Excellence in Instructional Leadership, the Baltimore Mayor’s Community Partnership Award and UMBC’s Alumni of the Year Award. He is involved with several nonprofit boards and has worked with AdvancED for the past twelve years, serving as a lead evaluator and as the chairperson of its Illinois Performance Management Group. Over the past 30 years, Eric has been instrumental in improving the lives of thousands of disadvantaged students. Eric can be reached by calling Banner or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Director of Student Services
Corey Shannon has almost 30 years of experience in the education and social service arenas. In the education sector, he served as a special education teacher, assistant/associate principal, and principal of several large therapeutic and alternative schools in Chicago. Corey served as a regional trainer of trainers in school climate and classroom management until he transitioned to DCFS in 2017. At DCFS, he developed relationships with hundreds of businesses across Illinois to provide youth in care with employment opportunities. In addition, he has ensured that youth receive training and support to obtain and sustain employment and to positively transform their lives. He earned his Bachelor of Arts in Marketing from Lincoln University, Master of Arts in Education from American International University, and Master of Arts in Educational Leadership from Concordia University. Corey belongs to numerous associations and has received significant accolades, including the Banner Learning Leadership Award (2016), Banner Learning Excellence in Education Award (2013), and Austin Community Citation of Dedication of Vision in Building a Stronger School and Community. As an Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. member, he sits on the fraternity’s Student Scholarship Committee. Corey trains in the areas of CPI, socio-emotional interventions, and restorative practices. Over his career, Corey has been able to educate and improve the lives of thousands of students. Corey can be reached by calling Banner or by email at email@example.com.
Director of Business Services
Barry Cohen has over 20 years of experience in the educational innovation arena, and a diverse background in accounting, law, and business. He received his Bachelor of Science in Accountancy from Bentley University and his Juris Doctor from the University of Maryland School of Law. Upon graduation from law school, Barry represented businesses for over a decade at large Baltimore law firms. In 2003, he left the private practice of law to become an entrepreneur in the education field, opening and operating alternative and therapeutic schools, and developing innovative curricula. He has developed effective business structures and streamlined administrative work both for his companies and as a consultant to other companies. He has opened numerous schools and educational programs with a focus on changing the landscape of urban education for the most disadvantaged and disengaged students. Through these programs, thousands of students have been educated, have received their degrees, and have achieved post-secondary success. Barry is also active in his community and sits on the boards of several nonprofit organizations. Barry can be reached by calling Banner or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Banner Northlake Therapeutic 215 N. Milwaukee Ave Lake Villa, IL 60046