By Kat Briscoe (SMEBB 2013)
I’m turning 30 soon, and it’s been a charmed life.
I was raised with love, stability, and education… Afforded every opportunity and had every need met. In return for these favors of fate, I feel a responsibility to do good with my life, to ‘pass it on’.
I am particularly drawn to working with children whose needs are high… children who desperately need an opportunity to break the cycle of poverty. As a teacher in Oak Park, 100% of my students live in poverty, some move frequently, and some go through periods of homelessness. I worry about all of them and their home lives, but it’s the students who leave my classroom amid murky circumstances that haunt me the most. I always wonder with cautious hope that they get the services they need when stability is lacking... Read More