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Teacher Appreciation Week: The Power of Teacher Advocacy

Posted on: May 3, 2022

This Teacher Appreciation Week, INCS is proud to shoutout the 2022 Teacher Leadership Cohort (TLC) for its dedication to making change in their communities. This nine-month fellowship equips teachers with the experiences, knowledge, and skills to support them to speak out on behalf of their students, schools, and themselves. 

The voice of teachers is sorely absent from discussions about the future of education and these 15 teachers want to be part of the conversation. In the past few months, the TLC has conducted trainings that focus on best ways to get their voices heard from elected officials, how to use social media to influence change, and how to center charter schools in local and national conversations surrounding education. 

INCS is committed to providing year-round opportunities such as the TLC for charter teachers throughout the state. Let’s take a minute to show our appreciation and thank this year’s cohort. To learn more about the TLC and how to apply for 2023, please visit our website HERE.

  • Dorothy Crawley Underwood, CICS Wrightwood
  • Thomas Daniels, Urban Prep
  • Emily Sill, Rowe Elementary
  • Douglas Rudd, Springfield Ball Elementary Charter School
  • Juan Pablo Esquivel, Noble Baker
  • Constantina (Tina) Haralambopoulos, Elgin Math & Science Academy
  • Johnard Irizarry Aspira Business and Finance
  • Kwalee Kemp, ACE Amandla
  • Mark Lenz, Catalyst Maria
  • Zachery Manta, Namaste Charter School
  • Timothy McAlister, North Lawndale College Prep Charter High School
  • Shannon Phillips, Acero Tamayo
  • Raymond Smith, UChicago Woodlawn Charter High School
  • Melissa Thompson,  Prairie Crossing Charter School
  • Janise Wright, KIPP One Primary