Scholar Alumni Relations Council (ARC)
The Scholar ARC team consists of Teaching and Completed Scholars from across the state who have diverse perspectives, diverse areas of practice, and a distinctive lens. Members serve staggered three-year terms. We hope you think about joining us next year!
The 2016-2017 Scholar ARC:
Natalie Aguilar, 2002 Scholar. Natalie is a teacher and has served on the CORE team over the last several years. She wants to support other Scholars in engaging in CORE.
Sara Baar-Ledford, 2005 Scholar. As a Teaching Scholar who was disconnected with Golden Apple and then found her way back, Sara is eager to help develop opportunities to engage Scholars with the organization that developed them as teachers.
Emily Chappel 2012 Scholar. Emily is a special education major at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. Emily wants to help with the process of bringing Golden Apple down state. She is passionate about no just helping better students, but also future teachers.
Stacy Coglianese, 2009 Scholar. Stacy taught English in South Korea for the past two years and is now serving students in schools-of-need in Illinois and working towards completing her Golden Apple five-year commitment.
Tracy Coon, 2005 Scholar. Tracy teaches third grade and provides professional development in analyzing student data towards improving teaching and learning. She also served on the CORE team over the last several years.
Tara Davis, 2010 Scholar. Tara teaches high school English at a rural school-of-need. She brings an understanding of the needs of Scholars across Illinois in small towns and rural areas who are working to improve communities.
Neal Grimes, 2005 Scholar. Neal has been a special education teacher and teacher leader at the high school level. He brings to the Advisory Team deep knowledge on mentoring teachers and providing opportunities for professional growth.
Amanda Hazelip, 1999 Scholar. Amanda has over 12 years of teaching experience and is a teacher leader at Prescott School and at the university level. She strives to support teachers on reflecting and improving on our practice.
Aaron Hopper, 1993 Scholar. Aaron is currently the superintendent of a rural school district in southern Illinois. He has worked with the State Board of Education (ISBE) to advocate for better education opportunities for all our students.
Vivian Huang, 2011 Pathway Scholar. Vivian spent a year in Beijing, China teaching and tutoring English. Now she teaches Mandarin Chinese and ESL at a school of need in Chicago Heights. Vivian is inspired by her experiences with Golden Apple and hopes to emanate opportunities for scholars to empower each other.
Fannetta Jones, 2007 Scholar. Fannetta currently teaches high school English in Chicago Public Schools and previously taught in rural Illinois for five years, thus completing her Golden Apple five-year commitment. Fannetta has also served as a liaison and Diversity instructor at DePaul SI and will be starting her first year as a Reflective Leader during Summer 2017.
Alysia Luevano, 2010 Scholar. Alysia has worked in Hispanic communities in CPS schools as an elementary and middle school reading teacher. She provides an understanding of students from immigrant families and resources for working in schools with limited resources.
Jenny Ma, 2004 Scholar. Jenny teaches at the elementary level and is focused on Bilingual education and cultural competency. She graduated from Kelly High School at CPS and returned to CPS to teach! Jenny advocates for Golden Apple in a variety of areas and she is eager to engage other Scholars in CORE.
Ernesto Saldivar, 1998 Scholar and 2013 Teacher of Distinction. Ernesto wants to support better teaching and learning through instructional leadership and incorporating the belief that “I change myself; I change the world.”
Elizabeth Walsh 2010 Scholar. Elizabeth is a middle school Language Arts teacher at a Catholic school in a rural community. She is passionate about learning and providing students with the very best education.
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