Educator Advisory Council

Teacher Voice in Education Policy 

The best education policy is grounded in the experience and input of those on the front lines of education every day – Illinois’ students, parents, teachers and principals. For this reason, Advance Illinois convened the Educator Advisory Council (EAC).  

Educator Advisory Council members have:

  • Advocated in a campaign for equitable and adequate school funding along with giving every student in the state the education they deserve (Funding Illinois’ Future)
  • Shared expertise in conversations regarding investing in excellent teachers for all students (Teachers for Illinois’ Future)  
  • Created policy reports such as Making Assessments Work, their vision for a transformed

The council gathers to share their vital perspective, provide feedback and inform Advance Illinois’ education policy agenda while building their own leadership in advocating for issues that advance educational equity statewide.

Educator Advisory Council members:

  • Meet monthly, or as needed, throughout the school year, either in-person or virtually  
  • Convene in-person three times per year  
  • Participate in sub-committee groups based on expertise, interest and skills development  
  • Provide feedback on policy recommendations and advocacy strategies
  • Participate in advocacy training and opportunities that will develop their leadership in influencing policy, including media training, providing public testimony at key hearings, community engagement and more  
  • Gain access to a network of policy leaders, including legislators, and agency and district leadership from around the state   

For more information, please contact Jessica Ramos at jramos@advanceillinois.org.

Members of the 2019-21 Educator Advisory Council

Co-Chairs

Jennifer Smith

Middle School Science, Monticello School District 

Rebecca Wattleworth

High School Science and Math, Warrensburg-Latham Community Unit School District 11

Members

Sabrina Alexander

Elementary Pre-K-4 Special Education Teacher, Chicago Public Schools 

Jacob Carlson

High School 9th and 11th ELA, Bethalto Community Unit District 8 

Rick Coppola

Middle School 7th grade ELA: Reading and Writing, Chicago Public Schools 

 JaNay Dodson

High School 9th – Biology 12th – Anatomy and Physiology, Chicago Public Schools 

Teresa Eden

Elementary 3-5 Title 1 Reading, Meridian CUSD 223 

Kali Goldberg

Early childhood Blended Special Education and At-risk, Maywood District 89 

Laura Kelly

Early Childhood – PK Special Education, Peoria District 150, 

Rebecca Kinnee

High School Instructional coach/9th grade English, District 214 

Twyla Lee

Alternative High School 10-12 Social Studies, East St. Louis School District 189 

Brian Lotter

Middle/High School 5-12th Grade Instrumental Music, Staunton CUSD 6 

Elissa Rabin

High School 9th grade Multicultural Literature, Chicago – Noble Network 

Brad Rossi

High School Assistant Principal, Chicago Public Schools 

Kevin Rutter

High School 11-12th Career and Technical Education, Chicago Public Schools 

Evelyn Sanchez

High School 9-12th  Grade School Counselor, Argo CHSD 217 

Aracelis Janelle Sharon

High School 9-12 Science PLTW – Computer Science, Kankakee 111 

Jamar Scott

Elementary K – 5 Principal, Springfield Public Schools 186 

Crysta Weitekamp

High School, Exceptional Needs English and Science, Springfield Public Schools 186 

Corey Winchester

High School 11th (US History) and 12th (Sociology of Class, Gender, and Race), Evanston District 202