Opportunities for a quality education should not be determined by zip code. As a child, I attended Chicago Public Schools on the west side of Chicago, and my mother recognized that a quality education is the key to the chance at a successful life. While I was a CPS student, my mother sacrificed to send me to a better high school outside the district – over an hour away. Because of that, I understand the impact that a quality education can have on the lives of young people.

I am currently working toward a doctoral degree with a concentration in education finance and funding. I believe a child’s potential should not be limited to the neighborhood they live in or that they can be denied access to a quality education because of socioeconomic status.

Education is a one of my top priorities, and as a legislator, I will fight to make sure every child in Illinois has the same opportunity that I had.