Each week, we’re sharing stories about our amazing school leaders. This week, it’s CTU Administrator of New Teacher Development Tara Stamps and Christopher House counselor and charter organizer Michelle Correa.

Tara Stamps creates her own legacy in honor of her mother

CTU Administrator of Teacher Development Tara Stamps in her office.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 — I can walk into spaces where they still say, ‘That’s Marion Stamps’ daughter.’ So, I just want to make sure everything I do honors my mother.”

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 t-shirt posing in a school hallway Guest teaching can be a grueling, kick-you-in-the-stomach kind of experience. But Michelle Correa, CTU member and Christopher House school counselor, 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.