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Resources, guides, articles, and more for how others are working toward a more equitable future.

An equity champion is a person who believes and acts in ways that support all students and adults no matter their backgrounds. They are visionaries who lead for equity even when it's tough. They aren’t perfect—they embrace humanity in all its imperfections and also embrace equity as a lifelong journey. They continuously reflect on their practice, examine their beliefs, and work to be inclusive. Read the stories of individuals driving change in the District.

Meet the Champions

Abigail Wilberding

Walter Payton College Prep High School

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Anna Choi

Lincoln Park High School

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Charles Williams

School Administrator
Plato Learning Academy

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Derek Gould


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Devin Evins

Noble Network of Charter Schools

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Hawa Jones

School support staff
Dunbar High School

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Ifeoma Nkemdi

Newberry Math and Science Academy

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Jennifer Dixon

School Administrator
Palmer Elementary School

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Juan Carlos Ocon

School Administrator
Benito Juarez Community Academy

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Karen Saffold

Central office staff
Office of Network Support

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Liddell-Jegen McGuire

School Administrator
Thomas Kelly College Prep

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Dr. Maria Ovalle

Curie High School

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Marianna Jennings

Prosser Career Academy HS

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Maribel Rodriguez

Shields Middle School

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Minerva Garcia-Sanchez

Network staff
Chicago Public Schools/Office of Network Supports/Network 7

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Nicholas Nicholas Guerrero (He, Him, His)

School Administrator
CPS / Network 2 / Ravenswood

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Niloufar Zandnia

Department of STEM (Math)
Central office staff

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Patricia Harper Reynolds

School Administrator
Walsh Elementary School - Network 7

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Paul Kanelos

Evergreen Academy Middle School

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Rachel Brick

Sullivan High School

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Samuel Davis (he, his, him)

School Administrator
Assistant Principal/ Network 17/ George Washington High School

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Sarah Weatherred

Teacher of Diverse Learners
Socorro Sandoval Elementary

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Sharon Ponder-Ballard

English I Educator
The New Englewood STEM High School

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Sheila Foster

Legacy Charter School

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Sonjanita Moore

Community organization/partner
Former Umoja Student Development Corp.

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Travis Pierce-Ryan

NBCT/Transformative Teaching Cohort/Multicultural Arts High School/Social Studies/Network 15

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Wendy Liu

Haines Elementary School

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