By Guest Writer – John Cooper
I am an IPS parent. I have four daughters and three attend URBAN ACT Academy, an IPS innovation school. My youngest daughter will join them next year for kindergarten.
As a father, I support Aleesia Johnson becoming the permanent IPS superintendent. I believe in her, and I believe she will help IPS kids like mine.
I recently met her at a listening session. She paid attention to everyone and gave us a fair chance to share our opinions. She was patient enough to let us say what we had to say. Instead of our words going in one ear and out the other, she took time to really listen to us. It was clear; she’s in it for all children and wants to elevate them to the next level.
She’s a good motivator. She encourages us all to push harder and do more for children in our schools. The whole time I was listening to her, she made me think about how I can do more. Our kids don’t have a chance until we step up. I asked about children’s safety, and she let me know about programs available for our kids. I think it is important to keep kids active so they won’t fall prey to the streets.
She wants to turn schools all the way around. I think she can bring more programs to our schools that will make our kids more successful. In IPS, I want kids to have the self-esteem to know they can do better. I want someone as a superintendent who cares about all kids’ wellbeing as much as I do for my own daughters, and I think Aleesia Johnson does. Knowing they have someone going to bat for them when they can’t for themselves makes me feel good as a father. I’m positive she is going to do right by our kids.
She’s here for children, parents, and teachers. She is here for the long haul, so she’s got my support. Let’s move Aleesia Johnson from interim IPS superintendent to permanent IPS superintendent.