OPAL is excited to endorse the following candidates for District 202 School Board!
These candidates will advocate for all students at ETHS but understand the work needed to reduce
the academic predictability of Black students based on historic and structural racism in the US education system
I believe in the collective power of the Evanston community. As a current member and Vice-President of the Evanston Township High School (ETHS) District 202 Board of Education, a graduate of Evanston/Skokie public schools, and a parent of an ETHS alumnus, I deeply understand the value of public education. I have watched our community’s ability to stand behind our educators and students to lead our school district through incredible, life-changing work.
I am running for re-election to the District 202 Board of Education because I have seen first hand how our work positively impacts young people, their families, teachers and staff, and the entire community.
Every student single deserves to benefit from the outstanding growth opportunities that abound at ETHS -- but far too often, where we come from predicts who we become.
It doesn’t have to be that way. I believe that when we come together as a community, and when we all have a seat at the table, we all thrive. And when we take a holistic approach to serving our students, we see better outcomes across the board.
My name is Liz Rolewicz, and I’m running for District 202 School Board to serve as a bridge between our community and the board, and to serve and support all our students through their educational experience from childhood through independence.
I am running for District 202 Board because I believe the power of public education is only as strong as our commitment to equity and excellence for all students. From the first day of kindergarten to the last day of high school, every child in Evanston deserves access to the best opportunities and education that we, as a community, can provide.
ETHS exemplifies this commitment to our young people in its core mission: “Embracing its diversity, ETHS is committed to educating all of its students to their maximum potential.” Working together, we can nurture academic achievement and enrichment opportunities for all of our students. This is my motivation. This is what inspires me to run for 202.
OPAL Oakton Community College Endorsements
Why Michelle Hays?
"I am a community advocate best known for founding Back on Their Feet, a community working to connect underserved people with resources. My talents lie in connecting the dots, finding what people need using traditional solutions and when needed finding innovative work-arounds. I have advocated in Evanston for 15+ years in various capacities and am especially interested in advocating for special-needs students and their families. I'm lucky to have the support of my family: my husband, firefighter Jason Hays, and my son, Scott Hays, a tenacious ETHS senior.” Learn More About Michelle
Why Marie Lynn Toussiant?
"I am running for Oakton Community College Trustee to ensure Affordable and Accessible Education for All. As a public defender for more than 25 years, I want to bring my expertise to this position and establish a liaison between Oakton Community College and the courts. We can become an ally for our youth who have made a mistake, and deserve a second chance in higher education. Learn More about Marie Lynn
Why Wendy Yanow?
"I am seeking election to the OCC Board of Trustees because I believe in high-quality public higher education for all. I have been in the field of adult and higher education for my entire career. With a B.A. in Music and an M.A. and EdD. in Adult Education, I have taught graduate-level courses while also helping adult learners complete their high school diplomas. As a consultant, I managed the learning center at OCC's Skokie campus. I am active in anti-racism work and have facilitated learning on race and understanding difference. Learn More about Wendy