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Mary Griffin teaches 7th and 8th grade writing at CICS-Avalon, a K-8 charter school on the south side of Chicago. Avalon aims to prepare all of its students, 93% of whom qualify for free or reduced price lunch, to enter and graduate from college. In addition to teaching composition and grammar, Mary serves as the 7th and 8th grade team leader. She has helped lead Avalon through a transformational turnaround over the past three years, and looks forward to continuing to improve the school as its next principal.