U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis (R-Ill.) recently recognized the 2019 Illinois Teacher of the Year, Mrs. Susan Converse of Edwardsville High School on the House floor. Davis met Converse while she was in Washington, DC accepting her award.
Davis delivered the following remarks on the House floor:
I rise today to recognize Mrs. Susan Converse, who was recently named 2019 Illinois Teacher of the Year by the Illinois State Board of Education.
Mrs. Converse teaches functional life skills at Edwardsville High School in my district.
She takes a personal interest in her students, ensuring they have all the tools they need to succeed in the classroom and beyond.
If you ask her, she’ll tell you that the work she does every day is “a dream come true.”
As the functional life skills teacher, Mrs. Converse manages the Tiger Den at Edwardsville High School – a coffee shop staffed and run by students with disabilities.
Her students take the orders and work the register; teaching them consumer service skills and equipping them with vocational training to prepare them for life after they exit the school system.
As a father, I know the difference a teacher can make in the lives of our kids, and Mrs. Converse has certainly made a profound impact on each one of her students.
I am proud to recognize her today as one of the best educators in the State of Illinois.
Congratulations Mrs. Converse, on this well-deserved award. Thank you for all you do.