We are writing in support of Jung Kim's candidacy for the District 97 school board. A couple of us have known Jung for 10 years as a colleague at UIC, the rest of us more recently as fellow Oak Park parents, and we cannot think of anyone more qualified. Jung has a deep knowledge of K-12 education from elementary to high school, as well as an everyday understanding from her experiences as a teacher, literacy specialist, education professor, and parent of two children currently in D97 at Lincoln Elementary.
In particular Jung has a deep concern for racial justice and addressing the inequities that unfortunately persist in our K-12 education system, which is one of her motivating factors to run for the D97 school board.
Her work includes advocating for a racially diverse teaching staff, as well as for more diverse representation in youth literature, and she will bring an important perspective as a woman of color (and particularly an Asian American) not currently well-represented in Oak Park leadership.
She and her husband Erik are very active in Oak Park and can always be found at local events around town as well as engaging with others by volunteering at their church, as an AYSO soccer coach, with running groups, and with various citizen causes.
Jung is a collaborative leader, exemplified by her running alongside Cheree Moore to complement each other's expertise in service to D97. Jung Kim works with K-12 teachers and related educational issues every day, they are part of who she is, and her combination of qualifications, experiences, and perspectives will benefit D97 in many ways.
If you care about our children's quality education and support racial equity, vote Jung Kim (and Cheree Moore!) for the D97 school board.
Corinne Kodama, Richard Kodama, Karen Su, Priscilla Perkins, Jen Purrenhage, Jackie Libert
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