Rebelles of the Month: Teachers

Rebelles of the Month: Teacher

As another academic year begins, we here at Rebellious Magazine salute the people powering our educational systems, from pre-K teacher’s assistants, to school librarians, to post-grad professors.

All across Chicago Public Schools, surrounding districts, colleges, universities, community colleges, pre-Ks, child development centers – you name it – you’re helping to build and inspire the next generation of Rebelles.

And, at least in Illinois public schools, you’re overwhelmingly women: According to the Illinois State Board of Education, more than 76 percent of teachers statewide identified as female in 2015.

And you’re doing it with increasing demands and shrinking resources: According to one 2012 national study, 99.5 percent of all public school teachers spent money out of their pockets on their students and classrooms, at a national average of $485 among survey participants. In 2015, the average teacher salary in Illinois was $62,609, down from a 10-year peak of $66,614 in 2012.

So teachers: Thank you for all you do to empower young people and make the world a smarter, more thoughtful and more intellectually Rebellious place.

(Professor McGonagall photo credit By Source, Fair use,



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Karen Hawkins is the Founder and Rebelle in Chief of Rebellious Magazine. She is a recovering mainstream media reporter and editor who wants to thank her former boss for naming the online magazine she's always wanted to start when he called her “Rebellious” for taking too many weekends off. When she isn't instigating a media Rebellion, she's thanking her lucky starlets she gets to do whatever she wants on weekends.

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