David Hess currently serves as a School Counselor at a large suburban high school outside of Chicago. After teaching Social Studies for 15 years he has found his true passion in college counseling. He also coached basketball for 16 years, at 4 different high schools. He has had a tremendous impact on the lives of students at Elgin, helping families with diverse economic backgrounds navigate the college search, application, and financial process. He has serves on the U-46 Dual Credit Council, the U-46 Post Secondary Success team, the Eastern Illinois Advisory Board, and the Illinois Association of College Admission Counselors (IACAC) CAP Committee. He served as one of the high school counseling representatives at the Summit for Democratizing Information in Post Secondary, put on Making Caring Common at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. He was the winner of 2017 IACAC Mentor Match of the Year and was a 2020 Illinois School Counseling Association (ISCA) finalist for School Counselor of the year.
He earned his BA from Millikin University, where he also played basketball and baseball. He earned his Teaching Certificate from National Louis, and his MA in Counseling from Concordia University.
David lives in Arlington Heights, Illinois, with his wife, son, and two daughters. When he’s not working, David enjoys playing competitive golf, traveling with his family, fishing, reading, and watching sports.