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Crest Hill teacher to attend State of Union Tuesday

1/19/2015, 6:26 p.m.
Tara Linney, who teaches computer technology and coding, was invited to attend the event with U.S. Rep. Bill Foster.
U.S. Rep. Bill Foster (left) met computer technology teacher Tara Linney at a December event at Richland School District 88A in Crest Hill this past December. Courtesy of U.S. Rep. Bill Foster

U.S. Rep. Bill Foster (D-Naperville) announced Monday that he will be bringing Crest Hill educator Tara Linney as his guest for the State of the Union.

Linney's focus is teaching educators and students about computer technology and coding. Foster joined Linney at an Hour of Code event at Richland School District 88A in December. The Hour of Code is a nationwide event encouraging students and adults to learn computer programing.

"I'm excited to be bringing Tara Linney as my guest for the State of the Union to highlight the importance of providing a strong education in technology for our students to give them the skills they need to succeed," Foster said.

"As a scientist and businessman who built a career using computer programing, it's wonderful to see educators like Ms. Linney teaching these important skills. Learning computer science skills is essential for success in today's economy and should be a core part of our

children's education."

Linney said she was equally excited to participate in the national event.

"I am very honored by this opportunity to attend the State of the Union address, and to be a part of the discussion on future-ready schools," she said.

"Integrating computer programming into the current curriculum is something that I am very passionate about, as it is a skill set that prepares students to be the creators and makers of jobs that don't even exist yet. This moonshot way of thinking and pursuing education is something that will prepare and propel our economy into the 21st Century and beyond."