This letter is in strong support of Steve Gevinson as a prospective member of the District 200 school board.
Thirty years ago, early in his career as an accomplished and dedicated OPRF High School English teacher, I was editor of Tabula and Steve was the yearbook's faculty advisor. Over hundreds of conversations about literature, yearbook excellence and navigating an often overwhelming high school, Steve became a trusted mentor and friend. From this I know firsthand the deep and lasting influence Steve has on individual lives.
In the years that followed, I watched Steve rise to English Division Head, chair the Faculty Senate Executive Committee, and serve on the longstanding Governance, Management, and Organizational Structure Committee. Through these leadership roles, he helped diverse groups tackle complex issues and arrive at consensus solutions — always maintaining his calm, thoughtful and inclusive style.
I cannot imagine a more qualified or trustworthy individual to advocate for our students, represent our taxpayers, and guide our high school forward. Steve's ability to listen, capacity to care, and intellectual grasp of complex challenges — from academic excellence and fiscal responsibility to closing the achievement gap — are without parallel.
If you're lucky enough to cross paths with Steve Gevinson, ask a few interesting questions and then sit back. You'll be the beneficiary of some truly inspired thought.
OPRF class of 1981