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Jackson presents workshop at national conference

Renard Jackson, assistant professor of education
Renard Jackson, North Central College assistant professor of education, presented a workshop at the National Dropout Prevention Network Conference.

Renard Jackson, North Central College assistant professor of education, presented the workshop “Milestone: Making a Commitment To Partnerships” at the 23rd annual National Dropout Prevention Network Conference at the Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center in Schaumburg on Oct. 11.

North Central College alumnus Josh Stumpenhorst named Illinois Teacher of the Year

Josh Stumpenhorst '03 Teacher of the Year
The Illinois State Board of Education has named North Central alumnus Josh Stumpenhorst recipient of the 2011-2012 Illinois Teacher of the Year Award.

Oct. 24, 2011—North Central College alumnus Josh Stumpenhorst is the 2011-2012 Illinois Teacher of the Year.

Stumpenhorst earned his undergraduate degree in social science and secondary education at North Central College. He teaches language arts and social science to sixth-graders at Lincoln Junior High School in Naperville Community Unit School District 203. He credits his experience at North Central for helping him achieve success as an educator.

North Central College alums, siblings enjoy teaching in East Aurora schools

Siblings and alumni Ruth Ramos and Eliseo Martinez were featured for their work as teachers at elementary schools in East Aurora School District 131.

Oct. 12, 2011—Siblings Ruth Ramos, a 2004 alumna of North Central College, and Eliseo Martinez, a 2010 alumnus of the College, were featured in the Aurora Beacon-News for their work as teachers at elementary schools in East Aurora School District 131.

North Central alumna Kristine Book teaching children in South Korea

Kristine Book
Kristine Book, a 2006 alumna of North Central College, is teaching communication skills to schoolchildren in South Korea.

Kristine Book, a 2006 alumna of North Central College, is teaching communication skills to schoolchildren in South Korea.

The Sauk Valley News in Book’s hometown of Dixon, Ill., recently published an article about her experiences. She’s teaching six classes a day, Monday through Friday, she told the newspaper.

McMahon leads workshop at school in Chicago

Mary McMahon
Mary McMahon, North Central College associate professor of mathematics, co-leads session on teaching math to staff at Chicago elementary school.

Mary McMahon—associate professor of mathematics and mathematics education coordinator—co-facilitated a workshop titled “Teaching Mathematics Using the Common Core Standards: What’s Really Changed?” to the staff at Goldblatt Elementary School in Chicago on Sept. 2.  

Darrin Vogt, education certification student who completed his certification at North Central College in 2010, was a participant and is in his second year of teaching physical education at Goldblatt.

North Central College awarded McCormick Foundation grant for principal preparation

North Central alumna Mavis DeMar, principal of Hermes Elementary School, Aurora.
North Central College is participating in a McCormick Foundation-funded study to help the state determine new requirements for principal preparation programs.

Sept. 15, 2011—North Central College is participating in a McCormick Foundation-funded study to help the state determine new requirements for principal preparation programs at Illinois colleges and universities.

North Central’s inclusion as a recipient of grant funds from the McCormick Foundation is the latest example of how North Central College’s undergraduate and graduate degrees in education are among the most rigorous in the State of Illinois, says Kristine Servais, associate professor of education and coordinator of master of education programs at North Central.

North Central College alumna fulfills musical wish for students

Cherrelle Blevins secured a donation of more than 300 music instruments for her students at Bronzeville Lighthouse Elementary Charter School in Chicago.

North Central College alumnus named finalist for Illinois Teacher of the Year Award

Josh Stumpenhorst '03 Teacher of the Year finalist
North Central College alumnus Josh Stumpenhorst is among nine finalists for the 2011-2012 Illinois Teacher of the Year Award.

North Central College alumnus Josh Stumpenhorst is among nine finalists for the 2011-2012 Illinois Teacher of the Year Award.

“I’m very humbled and grateful,” Stumpenhorst said of his nomination. “We don’t go into this profession to receive recognition.”

Stumpenhorst, a 2003 graduate of North Central College, teaches language arts and social science to sixth graders at Lincoln Junior High School in Naperville Community Unit School District 203. He credits his experience at North Central for helping him achieve success as an educator.

Alumnae Cherrelle Blevins ’09 and Jill Bushman ’10

Alumnae Cherrelle Blevins ’09 (left) and Jill Bushman ’10 served as co-directors of the Junior/Senior Scholars summer camp, a college readiness program that partners with high-need elementary and secondary schools in Aurora and Chicago. Program Coordinator Jan Fitzsimmons recruited them along with four other alumni as coaches and 17 students as interns for the 2011 five-week summer program.

MAEd alumna Regina Leeberg named to administrative post

MAEd alumna Regina Leeberg is director of Pre K-5 Literacy and Social Studies at Valley View School District 365U.

Regina Leeberg, who earned her master’s of education (MAEd) degree in leadership  and administration at North Central College, is director of Pre K-5 Literacy and Social Studies at Valley View School District (VVSD) 365U, which serves Bolingbrook and Romeoville.

Her newly created position with VVSD will place Leeberg in direct contact with teachers and building principals as she serves as a resource to help them help students achieve.

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