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The Check Out

Apr 29, 2021

Dr. Michael Allen is the principal of Oakton Elementary School in Evanston. In 2020 he was named Elementary Principal of the Year by the Illinois Principals Association. Dr. Allen grew up in the projects of Zion, Illinois and experienced homelessness in childhood. Today he sees himself as a voice for and to empower marginalized people, both students and leaders. He’s the author of Brotherly Love, published in 2020. This book for middle graders describes the true story of how he helped his struggling youngest brother by removing him from an unstable home life, advocating for him, and enrolling him in high school in Valparaiso, Indiana where Michael himself was an undergraduate in college. This challenging experience, born out of love, made Dr. Allen realize his life’s mission: to be there for those who are vulnerable and to liberate everyone searching for the freedom to be themselves. 

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