Last week marked my second anniversary at the IPS Education Foundation. After spending an unheard-of twelve years at my last organization, two years still feels like hardly any time at all.
I took the job not knowing what to expect. I left a vibrant, high-profile organization for a lesser-known one at the Foundation. All I knew about IPS was what I’d seen in the news or what I heard around town, and I’d driven by many school buildings with cinematic visions of what urban public education meant. I was a little nervous.
What I found were scores of inspiring professionals who are working, sometimes against incredible odds, to shape the futures of our promising young people. I am blown away by the teachers I work with and the students I get to see. They are inundated with media messages that their schools are bad, and yet they stick with it, oftentimes with a bright attitude.
I am so proud to be a small part of the largest school district in the state. I love telling the stories of the amazing things that I get to see in IPS. And I get to direct resources from the community directly into the classrooms that need it most.
I am here because I LOVE my city. I cannot imagine living and serving anywhere else. And it’s that love that drives me to do what I can to support students in IPS. For my neighborhood to be as good as it can be, and for my city to be as amazing as I know is possible, the students in IPS MUST succeed. And we all must do everything we can to help ensure that success.
I’m proud of what we’ve done together in the last two years. Even more, I’m excited about all the potential there is in IPS kids, our urban public school system, and all of the ways that we can help support them!
There are so many ways that you can get involved, from donating, to spreading the word on Facebook and Twitter, to volunteering in a leadership position for the foundation. I hope that you’ll plug into the IPSEF in some way. It’s been a fun, challenging and rewarding couple of years, and I hope you’ll join me!