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.

Join us in making the change possible.
 
 
 
Peggy Allan, Greenville
Greenville Junior High
Milken National Educator of the Year and Illinois Teacher of the Year
Terri Goggin, Greenville
Greenville Junior High
Illinois Teacher of the Year Merit Finalist and National Board Certified Teacher
Tim McCollum, Charleston
Charleston Middle School
Golden Apple Fellow and Presidential Awardee for Excellence in Science Teaching
Tim Schnoeker, Coulterville
Coulterville High School
Illinois Teacher of the Year Finalist and Peabody Logos Leaders in Education
Carol Broos, Northfield
Sunset Ridge Middle School
(retired 2011)
Golden Apple Fellow
Jacob Gourley, Lansing
Thornton Fractional South High School
Golden Apple Fellow
Anne Mckenna, Evanston
Dewey Elementary
Kohl McCormick Earl Childhood Teaching Award Winner
Melissa Sievers, Brussels
Brussels High School
Illinois Teacher of the Year Finalist
 Robert Canada, Edwardsville
Columbus Elementary
Illinois Teacher of the Year Finalist and Peabody Logos Leaders in Education
 Jonnia Jackson, Chicago
National Teachers Academy
Robert R. McCormick Foundation Nominee
 Natalie Neris,
Chicago
Chicago Public Schools
Golden Apple Fellow and National Board Certified Teacher
 Linda Smerge, Cicero
Abraham Lincoln
Elementary
Illinois Teacher of the Year
 Sam Dyson, Woodlawn
Woodlawn Children's Promise Community
Golden Apple Fellow
(retired from council 2011)
 Paul Kelly, Arlington Heights
John Hersey High School
Milken National Educator
 Aaron Reedy, Chicago
Thomas Kelly High School
Golden Apple Fellow
 Sheila Stephens, Jacksonville
Illinois School for the Deaf
Golden Apple Fellow
(retired from council 2011)
 Joe Fatheree, Effingham
Effingham High School
Illinous Teacher of the Year and NEA National Educator
 Craig Lindvahl, Teutopolis
Midland Institute for Entrepreneurship
Illinois Teacher of the Year Finalist and Milken National Educator
 Kevin Rutter, Chicago
Carl Schurz High School
Illinois Teacher of the Year
 Cheryl Watkins, Chicago
Pershing West
Middle School
Milken National Educator
and Golden Apple Fellow