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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

Charles Williams

School Administrator
Plato Learning Academy

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Charles Williams

Juan Carlos Ocon

School Administrator
Benito Juarez Community Academy

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Juan Carlos Ocon

Devin Evans

Educator
Noble Network of Charter Schools

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Devin Evans

Liddell-Jegen McGuire

School Administrator
Thomas Kelly College Prep

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Liddell-Jegen McGuire

Dr. Maria Ovalle

Educator
Curie High School

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Dr. Maria Ovalle

Sharon Ponder-Ballard

English I Educator
The New Englewood STEM High School

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Sharon Ponder-Ballard

Abigail Wilberding

Educator
Walter Payton College Prep High School

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Abigail Wilberding

Anna Choi

Teacher
Lincoln Park High School

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Anna Choi

Derek Gould

Educator
Edgebrook

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Derek Gould

Hawa Jones

School support staff
Dunbar High School Chicago Public Schools

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Hawa Jones

Ifeoma Nkemdi

Educator
Newberry Math and Science Academy

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Ifeoma Nkemdi

Jennifer Dixon

School Administrator
Palmer Elementary School

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Jennifer Dixon

Karen Saffold

Central office staff
Office of Network Support

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Karen Saffold

Marianna Jennings

Educator
Prosser Career Academy HS

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Marianna Jennings

Maribel Rodriguez

Educator
Shields Middle School

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Maribel Rodriguez

Nicholas Guerrero (He, Him, His)

School Administrator
CPS / Network 2 / Ravenswood

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Nicholas Guerrero (He, Him, His)

Niloufar (Lily) Zandnia

Department of STEM (Math)
Central office staff

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Niloufar (Lily) Zandnia

Patricia Harper Reynolds

School Administrator
Walsh Elementary School - Network 7

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Patricia Harper Reynolds

Paul Kanelos

Teacher
Evergreen Academy Middle School

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Paul Kanelos

Rachel Brick

Educator
Sullivan High School

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Rachel Brick

Samuel Davis (he, his, him)

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

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Samuel Davis (he, his, him)

Sarah Weatherred

Teacher of Diverse Learners
Socorro Sandoval Elementary

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Sarah Weatherred

Sheila Foster

Educator
Legacy Charter School

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Sheila Foster

Sonjanita Moore

Community organization/partner
Former Umoja Student Development Corp.

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Sonjanita Moore

Travis Pierce-Ryan

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

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Travis Pierce-Ryan

Wendy Liu

Educator
Haines Elementary School

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Wendy Liu