Comings & Goings: Travis, Allensworth

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Jay Travis, a program officer at the Woods Fund of Chicago, has resigned.  Before her stint at the Woods Fund, Travis was executive director of the Kenwood Oakland Community Organization (KOCO).  Caronina Grimble has been named to take her place.  Grimble was an administrator at the Illinois Department of Human Services.  There she was responsible for food assistance, homeless services for youths, immigrant and refugee programs and domestic violence and sexual assault programs. 

Elaine Allensworth has been named the Lewis-Sebring Director of the Consortium on Chicago School Research.  Allensworth is a long-time leader and researcher at UChicago CCSR and was serving as the consortium’s interim director.

Sarah Slavin has left her post as the executive director of Teach Plus and is now an education program officer at the Lloyd A. Fry Foundation.

Suzanne Fernandez-Pellon, a  kindergarten bilingual Spanish teacher at Dever Elementary, is among 100 winners of an ING Unsung Heroes Award.  The contest drew 1,300 entries. Her program idea, “Your Great Lake,” takes kindergarten and 1st-grade students through a water cycle and explores how water is used.   Lessons integrate language arts, writing, math, science and social studies.  ING U.S. provides retirement plans and programs for teachers.   

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