“We will bring our voices and backgrounds while researching and studying education policies. I am humbled to have the opportunity to serve our school, district, the students and families I serve, and my colleagues in this prestigious endeavor,” said Shannon Levitt, Crystal Lake Central teacher.
The application and interview process was extensive; it included a writing component, a group interview, and an individual interview. The Teach Plus organization notified Shannon Levitt in July that she had been selected.
“I have wanted to get involved in policy for a couple of years. I'll have the opportunity to meet with State and potentially National lawmakers to inform them from the teacher perspective. I’m using my expertise in the classroom to help our policy makers,” said Levitt.
The cohort will meet in-person three times throughout the year in Springfield and virtually once a month. Outside of those meeting times, fellows will be assigned education policies in Illinois that they will research, study, and work collaboratively to discuss. This fellowship is in addition to teachers performing their day-to-day duties in their classrooms.
“I personally have had the opportunity to observe Shannon’s classes at Central and be part of discussions with her students; she believes in each student and is dedicated to making sure they all succeed. I’m thrilled for her to lend her voice while representing District 155,” said Dr. Johnnie Thomas, superintendent.
Shannon Levitt has been teaching in D155 for 15 years. She teaches all academic levels and ages at Crystal Lake Central High School. She teaches AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination), Climb English, Honors English, and Advanced Placement Research. Shannon received her bachelor’s from University of Illinois-Chicago, and her master’s in curriculum and instruction from Webster University.
“I have a desire to advocate for my AVID students and access to equitable education for all students. Teaching all ages and academic levels gives me a well-rounded perspective on what students need,” said Levitt.
The 2017-18 Illinois Teacher Policy Fellowship cohort met for the first time in Bloomington on August 18.
“I’m looking forward to meeting and working with new colleagues from around the state to hear their perspectives. This will be an exciting opportunity to represent teachers and students from our area,” said Levitt.