Monday, August 27, 2012


From Mark Larson


An extraordinary high school English teacher needs and deserves our help finding a position. Her name is Katie Hogan, a founding lead teacher at Social Justice High School. Perhaps you have seen some of the turmoil at SJHS, recently. Last week, the principal and department chairs were summarily dismissed with this form announcement: “Unfortunately, I regret to inform you that your position is no longer available as of August 24, 2012. Your position is being impacted for Economic Reasons.” She is looking for a position “Anywhere outside of CPS as I'm in Unfair Labor Practice suit against them now.” Incidentally, Katie became a mother, this summer. She and her family need our help, quickly. Insurance runs out in 30 days.

You may have read Katie’s chapter in City Kids, City Teachers, or heard about the extraordinary work she has done, the impact she has on her students. She is a teacher leader, a gifted, skilled instructor, and any school would be fortunate indeed to include her in their faculty. I have known her a long time. Her level of dedication and skill, even among highly dedicated and skillful teachers, is in a class of its own.

I have attached her resume.

Please help us find her a position where she can continue her work on behalf students. Her fight is our fight. Contact me with any leads.

Thank you so much.
Mark Larson, Ed.D.
Assistant Professor, Educational Leadership
NLU/KIPP Program Coordinator
National College of Education at National Louis University, Chicago
Phone/Fax: (847) 947-5504 I

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