CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (WCIA) — A teacher is getting the chance to take her work from the classroom to the Capitol.
Bottenfield Elementary music teacher Amber Owens has been named a fellow with “Teach Plus Illinois.” Only 15 teachers in the state get to be part the leadership program this school year.
They’ll be trained on how to advocate for or against policies affecting students.
“Teachers who are in the classroom all the time really know what’s best for students, and we also really know what direction we need to head in order to meet the changing needs of our students,” Owens says. “So I feel like that teacher voice is really powerful, and I’d like to elevate it.”
Owens will work with the others in the group to choose issues they’re passionate about. Their goal is to influence state leaders and lawmakers.