“We cannot allow the pandemic to halt the efforts of our education system. Although COVID-19 continues to create new challenges, we must continue to create adaptable solutions that will allow our institutions to constantly be prepared as these challenges arise,” said Scherer. “The pandemic has created mental health challenges for both families and school employees. We must not treat these real situations as statistics on paper. Students have had to juggle tragedy and major changes in life while still actively participating in classes and homework. We have educators who are both parents and teachers while working during the pandemic.”
Scherer, who devoted her life to advocating for students in her district as an educator for 34 years, plans to work closely with fellow legislators to fight for the necessary resources needed for students and educators across the state. Scherer has already worked on key education initiatives such as reducing classroom sizes so teachers can have a more personalized approach toward teaching, increased behavioral and situational awareness training for school employees and expanded anti-bullying resources for children, parents, and administrators.
“My time as a teacher was an irreplaceable experience that has guided my service to the residents of the 96th District. So many other Illinois educators take real pride in their roles as the people that will help future generations succeed,” said Scherer. “It is our job as legislators to create the best possible learning environment for our students, parents and teachers. We have the opportunity to make the correct adjustments to allow our education system to thrive as we recover from the pandemic. ”