Gevinson is an inspired thinker

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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.

Sarah Chodera

OPRF class of 1981

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OPRF Parent  

Posted: March 23rd, 2013 9:46 PM

He was totally ineffective as department chair and I have not seen him caring for ALL students. That's exactly what we don't need right now. We need someone to advocate for ALL THE STUDENTS not his favorites or simply the teachers. He favored students when he was a teacher and he didn't chang as dept. chair. He will definitely not get my vote.

Voting for Gevinson  

Posted: March 23rd, 2013 9:07 PM

I will vote for Steve. He is honest, doesn't sugar coat, and it is clear he cares both about students and the community.

OPRF Parent  

Posted: March 23rd, 2013 6:53 PM

I have crossed paths with him several times and totally disagree with your opinion. He did not improve the English department at the high school nor did he do anything to improve the achievement gap. Counting Spoken Word (which he did not establish) does not work. I do not believe he will offer anything to better OPRF.

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