From the Educator Advisory Council
Advance Illinois was launched to bring together people—at every level and from every community across our state—who are interested in ensuring a pathway to successful careers and engaged citizenship for each Illinois student.
We recognize and endorse Advance Illinois’ mandate to catalyze change. We are teachers and former teachers from across Illinois cities, suburbs, and rural areas. We work with children and young adults of all grade levels and abilities. We believe our schools must change.
At the same time, we speak for a profession that is often underappreciated, undersupported, and, because of its public nature, embroiled in political uncertainty.
This paper provides our vision of teaching and learning, created in collaboration with Advance Illinois and with the support of the American Institutes for Research. It sets out a future where all students—not just the fortunate—in Illinois are assured the best from their teachers.
It sets forth a vision of teachers as nation builders, respected professionals who are entrusted with our country’s future.
We believe that the policies that Advance Illinois has promoted during the last two years - including new professional teacher and principal evaluations, a new preparation process for principals, and new teacher certification requirements - will help establish the kind of high quality work environments we need in Illinois to attract and keep the best and brightest in the teaching profession.
As teachers and educators, we are willing to go the extra mile for our students, step outside out comfort zones, hold each other accountable. identify those who excel at instruction, create and lead teams focuses on student and school goals, and build careers in which we continually examine and improve upon our teaching and leadership skills.
We appreciate working with Advance Illinois and hope for more avenues for educator engagement in the development, design, and implementation of policy. Together, we believe we can propel our students and Illinois' education system forward to meet the needs of this exciting, evolving world.
|Peggy Allan, GreenvilleGreenville Junior HighMilken National Educator of the Year and Illinois Teacher of the Year||Terri Goggin, GreenvilleGreenville Junior HighIllinois Teacher of the Year Merit Finalist and National Board Certified Teacher||Tim McCollum, CharlestonCharleston Middle SchoolGolden Apple Fellow and Presidential Awardee for Excellence in Science Teaching||Tim Schnoeker, CoultervilleCoulterville High SchoolIllinois Teacher of the Year Finalist and Peabody Logos Leaders in Education|
|Carol Broos, NorthfieldSunset Ridge Middle School(retired 2011)Golden Apple Fellow||Jacob Gourley, LansingThornton Fractional South High SchoolGolden Apple Fellow||Anne Mckenna, EvanstonDewey ElementaryKohl McCormick Earl Childhood Teaching Award Winner||Melissa Sievers, BrusselsBrussels High SchoolIllinois Teacher of the Year Finalist|
|Robert Canada, EdwardsvilleColumbus ElementaryIllinois Teacher of the Year Finalist and Peabody Logos Leaders in Education||Jonnia Jackson, ChicagoNational Teachers AcademyRobert R. McCormick Foundation Nominee||Natalie Neris,ChicagoChicago Public SchoolsGolden Apple Fellow and National Board Certified Teacher||Linda Smerge, CiceroAbraham Lincoln ElementaryIllinois Teacher of the Year|
|Sam Dyson, WoodlawnWoodlawn Children's Promise CommunityGolden Apple Fellow(retired from council 2011)||Paul Kelly, Arlington Heights John Hersey High SchoolMilken National Educator||Aaron Reedy, ChicagoThomas Kelly High SchoolGolden Apple Fellow||Sheila Stephens, JacksonvilleIllinois School for the DeafGolden Apple Fellow(retired from council 2011)|
|Joe Fatheree, EffinghamEffingham High SchoolIllinous Teacher of the Year and NEA National Educator||Craig Lindvahl, TeutopolisMidland Institute for EntrepreneurshipIllinois Teacher of the Year Finalist and Milken National Educator||Kevin Rutter, ChicagoCarl Schurz High SchoolIllinois Teacher of the Year||Cheryl Watkins, ChicagoPershing West Middle SchoolMilken National Educatorand Golden Apple Fellow|