Gevinson stands out for District 200

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Steve Gevinson, a candidate for the District 200 Board of Education, has my enthusiastic and wholehearted endorsement in the upcoming election. Having known Steve and his wonderful family for fifteen years, I can speak with confidence to his unwavering commitment to his family, friends, and the many students he has taught over the years.

In a crowded field of strong candidates, Steve's thirty-plus year experience at OPRF as an English teacher, English Division Head, and Chair of the Faculty Senate has given him an exceptional insight into our high school. In addition to OPRF, he has taught at The University of Chicago Lab High School, as well as taught graduate students in education at Concordia University and Northwestern University. While his educational background - a PhD in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Chicago – is impressive, it is his many years of hands-on practical experience that makes him such an outstanding candidate for the District Board. Equally important, Steve has experienced OPRF through the lens of a parent, with two daughters recently graduating and one still at the high school.

We are fortunate that someone with Steve's professionalism, experience, integrity, passion, and intellect is running for our District Board. These are the attributes I have seen displayed throughout the years and the reason I am actively supporting his candidacy. These are also likely the reasons the OPRF Faculty Senate has endorsed Steve, as well as two other deserving candidates, Jeff Weissglass and Tom Cofsky. While Steve and I may not agree on every issue, I have full confidence that Steve will genuinely and respectfully listen to all views, research the issues, and strive to find consensus before making a final decision. He is forward-thinking, budget-aware, and always has the best interest of students at heart. As a taxpayer and parent with two children at OPRF next year, that is the best I can ask of a leader.

Please join me in voting for Steve Gevinson for the District 200 School Board on April 9.

Matthew Tushman

Oak Park

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