Paul Chanan – Physical Education Teacher & Coach

Paul Chanan


Before entering the world of education and coaching, I had a long career as a trader in the options pits of Chicago, as well as a practicing attorney. While I loved the competitive cultures of both the Chicago Board of Trade and the courtroom, I equally love the nurturing environment of the classroom and the gym.

I have proudly served as a middle school classroom teacher, a high school and middle school athletic director, and a coach (primarily baseball and basketball). I have been heavily involved in the Deerfield Youth Baseball and Softball Association for over a dozen years, as both a coach, director, and commissioner. I have also coached girls and boys basketball at the high school, middle school, feeder, and recreational levels. I am currently the head varsity baseball coach at Rochelle Zell Jewish High School, and the head coach of the 9U Deerfield Warriors travel baseball team. One of my most cherished experiences has been as the head baseball coach for the Chicago delegation to the International JCC Maccabi Games, where my teams brought home gold medals in 2016 (Stamford, CT), and 2019 (Detroit, MI).

My family resides in Deerfield, the same community in which I grew up. I met my wife, Karen while we were both undergraduates at Indiana University-Bloomington, and we’ve been together since. Karen is a professional interior designer, with a focus on residential remodeling. We have two amazing children, Jake (Brown, ‘21), and Maya (Purdue, ‘24), and our cavachon, Lulu. While we enjoy traveling and going out, our favorite pastime is just hanging out with family and friends, mostly at the lake or by the fire pit. We also love to walk together, with one of our favorite routes being the beautiful lake shore on the Northwestern campus.


  • M.Ed. DePaul University
  • JD/MBA Marquette University
  • B.S. Indiana University Kelley School of Business

Favorite Quote

Courage doesn’t always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying ‘I will try again tomorrow.’

-Mary Anne Radmacher

Why do you teach? What is the impact you hope to make on students?

I teach and coach because I strongly believe that the right people, energized with passion and determination, can have a profound and positive impact on the trajectory of a young person’s life. If a teacher or coach can find a way to make a student or athlete believe, then that student or athlete will almost always achieve.

Why Roycemore?

I really love and respect the school’s commitment to excellence, as well as its focus on nurturing the individual talents and passions of each student. Roycemore understands that a competitive culture can exist without sacrificing empathy, kindness, and collaboration.