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Not long after becoming the first Latino superintendent in Illinois’ second-largest school district, Elgin School District, with a student population of 40,000 students, I visited all of our 56 schools. When I visited schools, I introduced myself in classrooms, stating I was the “Superintendent,” which meant I was the “boss of the principals.” In Spanish, I said, I was the “Mero Mero” (the Big guy in charge). As I visited a third-grade classroom at Channing Elementary School, Lissette (not her real name), a 9-year-old Latina girl with big brown eyes and black curly hair said to me, "I want to be a super person like you when I grow up. I've never met anyone like you."

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