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North Central hosts ACI’s Summer Institute for Educators

Jan Fitzsimmons
Several North Central College faculty presented and coordinated the Associated Colleges of Illinois Summer Institute for Educators June 27.

North Central College hosted the Associated Colleges of Illinois (ACI) Summer Institute for Educators held June 27. North Central’s Jan Fitzsimmons, executive director of Urban Education Laboratory, coordinated the event and several of the College’s faculty presented sessions on various topics.   

Mary McMahon, associate professor of mathematics and mathematics education coordinator, copresented a session titled “Lesson Study: A Mathematics Tool for Teacher Collaboration in the Midst of the Common Core Standards.”

North Central College Teach First program inspires future educators

Abel Sanchez and Guadalupe Gallardo Escobedo
A North Central College program that helps prepare future educators is a model for a new program to improve opportunities for all first-generation students.

A North Central College program that helps prepare future educators is serving as a model for a new program to improve opportunities for all the College’s first-generation students.

Teach First—which aims to recruit and retain first-generation college students who want to become teachers—was launched at North Central in 2008. Six years later it’s serving as a model for Cardinal First that launches in fall 2014.

Outstanding faculty and staff are recognized for efforts during 2013-2014

North Central College recognized faculty and administrative staff for outstanding teaching, scholarship and service with Dissinger and Ruge Fellow awards.

In May, six outstanding North Central College faculty and staff for the 2013-2014 academic year received endowed Dissinger awards. Two further faculty members were honored as Ruge Fellows for their inspired teaching and dedication to students.  

Jacqueline Niemeyer earns Outstanding Major in Elementary Education Award

Jacqueline Niemeyer
Jacqueline Niemeyer was awarded the Outstanding Major in Elementary Education Award during North Central College’s 2014 Honors Convocation.

Jacqueline Niemeyer, daughter of James and Regina Niemeyer of Mokena, was awarded the Outstanding Major in Elementary Education Award during Honors Convocation May 13 at North Central College in Naperville.

A senior, Jacqueline is majoring in elementary education at North Central College. She is a graduate of Lincoln Way North High School.

Education alumna to administer principal-preparation grant for East Aurora schools

Mavis DeMar
North Central College education alumna Mavis DeMar ’79 has been named to a newly created administrative post in East Aurora School District 131.

North Central College education alumna Mavis DeMar ’79 has been named to a newly created administrative post in East Aurora School District 131.

DeMar was promoted from her position as principal of Hermes Elementary School in Aurora. In her new role she will oversee a collaborative program between East Aurora and North Central College to prepare future principals.

Sara Reid earns Outstanding Major in French Award

Sara Reid
Sara Reid was awarded the Outstanding Major in French Award during North Central College’s 2014 Honors Convocation.

Sara Reid, daughter of Donald and Colleen Reid of Naperville, was awarded the Outstanding Major in French Award during Honors Day May 13 at North Central College.  

A junior, Sara has a double major in French and in elementary education at North Central College. She is a graduate of Waubonsie Valley High School.

Sara is a French tutor for North Central College’s Language Resource Center, member and treasurer for the French Club and participated in a study abroad trip to France. Her name has regularly appeared on the Dean’s List.

Wynard and Walters ’14 give lecture on new state education mandates

Tammy Wynard, Alyssa Walters ’14
Tammy Wynard, North Central College visiting instructor of health and physical education, and Alyssa Walters ’14 spoke at annual health education conference.

Tammy Wynard, North Central College visiting instructor of health and physical education and coordinator of the health education and wellness programs, was invited by the Illinois School Health Association Board to present at the April 2014 annual conference held in Lombard. She, along with Alyssa Walters ’14, health and physical education major, spoke with more than 50 health education teachers and administrators about the new Illinois mandates in sexual health education.
 

Education alumnus named to administrative position in Kaneland school district

Kaneland Community Unit School District 302 has appointed alumnus Michael Purcell director of educational services 6-12.

Maple Park-based Kaneland Community Unit School District 302 has appointed North Central College alumnus Michael Purcell director of educational services 6-12.

Kincaid weighs in on elementary education redesign

Maureen Kincaid, associate professor and chair of education
Maureen Kincaid, North Central College associate professor of education, served on a panel at ACI Center for Success in High Need Schools Partnership meeting.

Maureen Kincaid, North Central College associate professor and chair of education, recently served on a faculty panel during the ACI Center for Success in High Need Schools partnership meeting. She presented alongside Kenneth King of Roosevelt University and Vicki Trinder of the University of Illinois Chicago.

Educators are among first to complete College’s new principal-preparation program

Six candidates are the first to complete North Central College’s newly redesigned principal-preparation program.

Heather Schild learned a lot about leadership and the responsibilities of being a school principal while she studied for her master’s degree in education (MAEd) at North Central College.

For two years while enrolled in North Central’s principal-preparation program, Schild worked as an Instructional Coordinator in Naperville Community Unit School District 203 and reported directly to Naperville North High School Principal Kevin Pobst.

“I thought North Central’s program was rigorous and provided a lot of authentic experiences,” Schild says.

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