My name is Chris Espinoza and welcome to my fundraising page for the 2020 Chicago Marathon and the Golden Apple Foundation.
I am a passionate runner and educator in the Boston area. I have spent the last 8 years working in education, first in Higher Education and now as an Academic Advisor through EdNavigator (a Nonprofit in Boston and New Orleans) supporting families with their children’s education from PreK-College. This year I am proud to be running my first ever Marathon and will be running to raise money for the Golden Apple Foundation. Running has been a source of joy and healing for me. A little over two years ago I set out on a journey to rediscover myself through running and this year I am hoping to overcome another running challenge by completing my first marathon.
What is Golden Apple
Golden Apple’s mission is to inspire, develop and support teacher and school leader excellence in Illinois, especially in schools-of-need. Our leading-edge preparation delivers exceptional teachers who make an impact. We help students thrive in the classroom and in life. Since our beginning, we have recognized master educators annually; and, these master educators help prepare the next generation of teachers. Our vision is an Illinois in which every classroom has a great teacher and to realize this, we are committed to making a material difference in resolving the teacher shortage throughout Illinois.
Why I support Golden Apple
Growing up I had a teacher in High School who really believed in me, pushed me, and saw great things that I was not able to see myself. He believed in a part of me that I wouldn’t start to discover until after college, but I’ve never forgotten the kindness he showed me or the lessons he taught me. Through my work in Higher Education and now with EdNavigtor, I have been able to see just how influential teachers can be in a child's life. Good educators have the ability, and opportunity, to impact a person’s life, not just the year they work together in the classroom but for many years to come. Golden Apple's mission to support and develop teachers is critical in ensuring that more children get access to high-quality educators. I am hoping you will join me in supporting such an important cause. Your tax-deductible donation will go a long way to supporting teachers who can positively impact the education of children throughout Illinois.