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Quigley Invites Elmhurst Teacher as State of the Union Guest

Jan 16, 2015
Press Release

CHICAGO – Today, U.S. Representative Mike Quigley (IL-05) announced that York Community High School teacher Patty Iverson, of Elmhurst, Illinois, will be his guest to the State of the Union Address on Tuesday, January 20th. Rep. Quigley’s selection underscores the importance of education in the state of our nation and the economic opportunities access to quality education creates. He plans to visit York Community High School to discuss the SOTU with her students next month.

“Every day our teachers challenge and educate our students, but we must provide them with the proper support they need in the classroom. Education can open doors to endless opportunities and no one knows that more than our teachers. It is because of the encouragement, motivation and passion of my freshman year biology teacher, Mr. Williams, that I am an environmentalist, an issue that has been close to my heart ever since. Fifty-two percent of public school students in Illinois are low-income, but with a quality education, these students have a better opportunity to compete in today’s workforce,” said Rep. Quigley. “In Illinois, we have more than 130,000 public school teachers, and I’m honored to have one of those teachers join me for the president’s State of the Union. I want to thank Mrs. Iverson and all of our teachers for serving not only in the classroom but in our communities. Mrs. Iverson is a volleyball coach, and extracurricular activities like volleyball can create team building and leadership skills that aid in professional development. I’m committed to providing our teachers the support they need to help our children succeed. I look forward to the president’s SOTU address and his plans for continued educational opportunities that support students and teachers.” 

 “As a teacher of American History at York Community High School, a parent of two York graduates, a resident in Rep. Quigley’s district, and someone who is passionate about all things historical, it is my honor and privilege to attend President Obama’s State of the Union Address,” said Patty Iverson. “By taking in this experience, I hope to enrich my students’ understanding of the role of government in tackling the current issues that affect them and our country. I am so thankful to Representative Quigley for the opportunity take part in this historic occasion and for coming to York to meet with our students who are greatly anticipating his visit.”

Mrs. Iverson teaches AP American History, World Studies, and World Religions and coaches girls’ volleyball for York Community High School. She has been a teacher and coach at York Community High School since 2006. A former professional volleyball player, Mrs. Iverson has also taught and coached at Oak Park and River Forest High School and Glenbrook South High School. She graduated from Northwestern University with a Bachelor of Arts in History and received a Masters in History from Northeastern Illinois University. Mrs. Iverson has two daughters and resides in Elmhurst with her husband. 

As Illinois’ only member on the House Appropriations Committee, Rep. Quigley has made funding for education a top priority. Rep. Quigley voted in favor of the Education Jobs and Medicaid Assistance Act, which included $80 million for Chicago Public Schools to help close its budget gap and retain jobs. He supported the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, which invested $2.1 billion in Head Start and Early Head Start and expanded programs to reach 61,000 additional children and families. 

A former teacher himself, Rep. Quigley served as an adjunct professor of political science at Loyola University Chicago and Roosevelt University, lecturing on politics, the environment and local government.