Lynn Osborne-Simmons has been a teacher with Chicago Public Schools for 17 years. She is a member of the National Network of State Teachers of the Year (NNSTOY) and Educators 4 Excellence (E4E). Since joining E4E last year, she has participated in a number of initiatives, including the Teacher Action Team on the Elementary and Secondary Education Act in 2015 and the Teacher Policy Paper for Teacher Evaluation in 2016. Osborne-Simmons’s great uncle, Emory Simmons, was a pioneer in education and had a great influence on her professional practice. She received her bachelor’s degree in interdisciplinary studies from Blackburn College and also holds master’s degrees in special education from Northeastern Illinois University and English as a second language from American College of Education.