Tara Stamps creates her own legacy in honor of her mother

Photo of Tara Stamps sitting at her desk with a photo of mother Marion Stamps behind her.

Tara Stamps at her desk in the CTU office, with a photo of mother Marion Stamps behind her.

Being the daughter of civil rights icon Marion Stamps, Tara Stamps had some big shoes to fill. “I’m honored to be my mother’s daughter,” she said. “She created such a legacy for me…” As an educator, organizer, two-time aldermanic candidate, brilliant orator and single mother of three, most people who know Stamps think she has some pretty big shoes of her own. Read more about Tara.

From guest teacher to union activist, charter member Michelle Correa still loves the chaos of the classroom

Photo of CTU member Michelle Correa in her red CTU shirt.Guest teaching can be a grueling, kick-you-in-the-stomach kind of experience. But CTU member Michelle Correa got her start teaching as a guest teacher and she wouldn’t have had it any other way. “I feel very lucky to have been introduced to teaching as a guest teacher,” she said. “It’s a hard job — no doubt about it — but that’s how I fell in love with the chaos of the classroom. Read more about Michelle

Sanctuary protections, bilingual supports fuel Linda Perales’ teaching and organizing life

Photo of CTU Organizer Linda Perales.CTU Organizer Linda Perales has wanted to be a teacher since first grade. But she never dreamed that, as a teacher, she would be forced to work outside, in sub-zero temperatures and blowing snow, to protect herself, her colleagues and their school community from COVID. Read more about Linda.

Making a difference in students’ lives motivates guest teacher Dalton S. Day

Guest teacher Dalton S. Day sitting outside on a lawn.Growing up Dalton S. Day faced many personal challenges, but a handful of teachers changed his life. Now, as a guest teacher, Dalton strives to make a difference in his students’ lives just like his teachers did. “I work at CPS in the hopes of making at least a fraction of a difference in the lives of young people, the way my teachers made a difference for me,” he said. Read more about Dalton.