James Cavallero Selected to Fill Teacher Trustee Vacancy

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Trustee James Cavallero

Thursday, July 19, 2018, Chicago Teachers’ Pension Fund Board of Trustees appointed James Cavallero to serve as a Teacher Trustee. Trustee Cavallero will serve out the remainder of Trustee Bernice Eshoo’s term, until the Board’s regular November meeting. Trustee Eshoo retired from active service in June.

Trustee Cavallero has been a special education teacher in the Chicago Public Schools since 1994, and currently teaches at Chicago Academy High School. He earned a BA in Education and Social Sciences from the University of Illinois-Chicago, as well as completing graduate work in Special Education at UIC, and has served as the CTPF Pension Representative at Chicago Academy since 2004. Cavallero also has a long history of working with the Chicago Teachers Union (CTU), beginning with serving as CTU Special Education Committee Chair from 2010-2013 and currently acting as CTU School Delegate for Chicago Academy, a position he has held since 2004.

“As a Pension Representative for more than a decade, we appreciate the long service Trustee Cavallero offered to CTPF and welcome him to the Board representing active teachers,” said Charles A. Burbridge, CTPF Executive Director. “Our Trustees dedicate an impressive amount of time and energy to CTPF, and Trustee Cavallero’s long history of service and volunteer work provides an excellent background for this position. We look forward to working with him in the coming months.”

According to CTPF policy, following the declaration of the vacancy on the Board, a committee was appointed to evaluate candidates and recommend an individual to the Board. Five active teachers applied for the position. The committee met to evaluate applications and made a formal recommendation which the Board accepted on July 19, 2018. The next election for Teacher Trustees will be held November 1-7, 2018.