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Peoria Grow Your Own seeks aspiring educators

The Peoria Grow Your Own (GYO) initiative, coordinated by Trewyn School K-3 Social Emotional Learning (SEL) teacher Linda Wilson, has helped dozens of local individuals continue their education, earn their teaching license and become outstanding public school teachers. The GYO program provides mentoring, academic and financial support and a cohort of fellow-aspiring educators of color. GYO graduates agree to teach for at least five years for Peoria Public Schools.



 Linda Wilson  GYO


GYO is currently accepting recommendations and applications for the next cohort.  Recommend a paraprofessional, student, non-teaching staff or unlicensed teacher by clicking this link.


GYO applicants must answer three essay questions and submit two letters of recommendation giving details on their community involvement and their professional or academic qualifications. For details and to complete an application, click here.


If you have questions about the GYO program, please contact