Meet Lily Greenberg, an Elementary Education major who feels strongly that kids of all different backgrounds deserve a teacher who they feel represents them.
More about Lily:
Q: Where is home for you?
A: I'm from St. Louis, Missouri and Evanston, Illinois.
Q: What is your year and major?
A: I am a sophomore majoring in Elementary Education.
Q: What do you enjoy about the campus experience, so far?
A: I’m glad our university is so big because I love walking around campus with my headphones in, pretending like I’m in a big city. I also spend a lot of time laying out on the Quad during sunny days to read, relax with friends, or people-watch.
Q: How did you know you wanted to go into the field of education?
A: As a woman of color, I’m passionate about the idea that kids of all different backgrounds deserve a teacher who they feel represents them. I intend to introduce themes of equality and liberation to young minds, and be a consistent advocate for students in marginalized groups.
Q: What do you enjoy about the College of Education?
A: I love that most of my professors/classes clearly value creating an inclusive and accepting classroom environment, both at Illinois and at the future schools where we will be teaching!
Q: What is a fun fact about yourself?
A: In my free time, I practice photography and write for The Collective Magazine (a campus art organization).
Q: Tell us about any teaching experience you've had so far and how it went.
A: This past summer, I taught a six-week summer school program for incoming first graders at Washington Elementary in Evanston, IL. I’ll never forget the hugs and sweet goodbyes all of the students gave me at the end of the program, and it was so validating to feel like I actually made an impact on them.
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