District 204 teacher’s union president, Paul Gamboa, passes away

Abigail McArthur-Self, Editor-in-Chief

Paul Gamboa, president of the Indian Prairie Education Association — the district 204 teacher’s union — died on Friday, Sept. 13 due to complications from an infection. According to the IPEA’s post following his death, Gamboa, “worked towards fulfilling the promise of public education to prepare every student to succeed in a diverse and interdependent world.”

Gamboa attended middle and high school in district 204 and taught at White Eagle Elementary School for fourteen years. He was the president of the IPEA for the past five years. The IPEA organised a demonstration of support across the district, asking teachers to wear their union shirts on the Monday following his death, which many did. Gamboa was member of six negotiating teams for the IPEA and made considerable contributions before his presidency as a member, secretary and vice president. Through his time, Gamboa worked to improve teacher pay and secure better contracts. Many in the district and surrounding community were personally impacted by Gamboa and mourn his passing. 

He is survived by his wife, Rebecca Gamboa. Those wishing to share stories or condolences can visit the IPEA Facebook page and find their posts on the subject. According to the Daily Herald, they are also planning on releasing more information on funeral arrangements when they are available.