From an advocacy standpoint, as The 2018 Illinois Teacher of the Year, I take great responsibility in advocating for both teachers and students throughout our great state. I can think of no greater honor than to represent my colleagues and my students in the fight for public education. I believe that education equals empowerment. Therefore, it is our responsibility as educators to fight the elimination of funding from the very place where children learn to feel empowered. Schools are where children experience that America is the land of opportunity. I am committed to doing whatever I must to ensure that all students receive the education they deserve, which should be the basis for accountability in education. To my fellow colleagues who are raising their voices in this fight, keep up the good work! 

Stay tuned for updates as I embark on an exciting year of advocating for public education!

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