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Illinois Staff

Amy Follett


Amy grew up in Madison, Wisconsin and first became passionate about education by being surrounded by a family of lifelong teachers. Amy earned her Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Legal Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and she received her Master’s in the Art of teaching degree from Marian University.

As a middle school teacher in Indianapolis Public Schools through the Teach For America program, Amy developed a strong urgency to make sure every child had access to a quality education. After teaching in Indianapolis and later in Chicago Public Schools, she joined Stand as a community organizer.

As a Stand organizer, Amy works with teachers and families throughout Chicago in leadership development, educational advocacy, and political participation. Often drawing on her Spanish language skills, Amy believes it is through building these relationships and mobilizing Stand members that the education landscape will be improved for all Illinois children.

Amy lives in Chicago, where she brings her personal experience from being in the classroom to her daily work. She is motivated to continue to work on education policy and parent leadership development so that her students, and all students, can have access to high quality education in this city.

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