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North Central College alumni honored for teaching excellence in Naperville schools

Two alumni of North Central College’s music education program are being recognized by Naperville Community Unit School District 203 for excellence in teaching.

May 15, 2012—Two alumni of North Central College’s music education program are being recognized by Naperville Community Unit School District 203 for excellence in teaching.

Nicholas Janssen, a 2005 graduate of North Central College, received District 203’s Outstanding Early Educator Award for his work as choral director at Naperville North High School. Emily Steffen, a 2010 graduate, received the district’s Outstanding First-Year Teacher Award  for her work at Naper and Ellsworth elementary schools.

Murawska leads workshop for middle school teachers

Jackie Murawska, adjunct instructor of mathematics
Jackie Murawska, North Central College adjunct instructor of mathematics, led workshop for middle school teachers at Metropolitan Mathematics Club of Chicago.

Jackie Murawska, North Central College adjunct instructor of mathematics, led a workshop titled “Fractions, Frustration, Ratios, and the Condominium Community Problem” for middle school teachers at the Metropolitan Mathematics Club of Chicago (MMC) Conference of Workshops held in New Lenox, Ill., Jan. 28.

Carballo promotes Teach First program at school, conference

Julie Carballo, adjunct instructor of education
Julie Carballo, North Central College adjunct instructor of education, gives talks to local high school groups and presentation at national conference.

Julie Carballo, North Central College adjunct instructor of education and director of Teach First, gave a talk about the Teach First program to the Future Educators Association at West Aurora High School on April 17. She has also given presentations to the National Honor Society and Future Educators of America groups at East Aurora High School.

Walk, remember, raise funds at Relay for Life

North Central College invites members of the community to join Relay for Life, an American Cancer Society fundraising event hosted by the College April 27-28.

For the ninth year, North Central will host Relay for Life, an American Cancer Society event that gives people in communities a chance to celebrate the lives of people who have battled cancer, remember loved ones lost, and raise funds to fight the disease.

Alumnus Robert Taylor named finalist for Golden Apple teaching award

Robert Taylor, who earned his MAEd from North Central College in 2000, has been named a finalists for the Golden Apple Awards for Excellence in Teaching.

Robert Taylor, who earned his master’s of education (MAEd) degree in curriculum and instruction from North Central College in 2000, has been named one of 32 finalists for the Golden Apple Awards for Excellence in Teaching.

Taylor is a second-grade teacher at Central Road School in Palatine in Community Consolidated School District 15. He has taught in District 15 since 1997. He became a National Board Certified Teacher in 2003, and is currently renewing that certification.

Josh Stumpenhorst '03 named Teacher of the Year, again

Josh Stumpenhorst '03 Teacher of the Year
Josh Stumpenhorst ’03 has earned another Teacher of the Year accolade, this time from the Illinois Education Association (IEA).

Josh Stumpenhorst ’03 has earned another Teacher of the Year accolade, this time from the Illinois Education Association (IEA).

Stumpenhorst is a sixth-grade social science and language arts teacher at Lincoln Junior High School in Naperville and last fall was named the Illinois State Board of Education’s Teacher of the Year.

The 158th annual IEA Representative Assembly was held at the Hilton Chicago March 15-17. The assembly is where representatives of the 130,000-member organization meet yearly to determine policies and direction for the association.

Learn lessons of calculus with humor and music

North Central College hosts “Calculus: the Musical!”—a comic and memorable review of the concepts and history of calculus—on April 3.

“Calculus: The Musical!”—a comic review of the concepts and history of calculus—returns April 3 to North Central College as part of a national tour.   

Using musical parodies that span genres from light opera to hip-hop, the show is a blend of sketch comedy, musical theatre and classroom lecture. All this makes the learning of calculus fun and entertaining.

Wis is presenter at in-service workshop, guest clinician at festival

Ramona Wis, professor and chair of music
Ramona Wis, North Central College’s Mimi Rolland Professor in the Fine Arts, gave in-service workshop for teachers, was guest clinician at music festival.

Ramona M. Wis, North Central College’s Mimi Rolland Professor in the Fine Arts and professor and chair of music, gave an in-service workshop presentation titled “Best Practices in the Choral/General Music Classroom” for the vocal/general music teachers in Naperville Community Unit School District 203 on  March 2.

Servais publishes new book for education leaders

Kristine Servais, associate professor of education
Kristine Servais, North Central College associate professor of education, co-authored new book, “The Courage to Grow: Leading with Intentionality.”

Kristine Servais, North Central College associate professor of education and coordinator of master of arts program in education, has co-authored her second book, “The Courage to Grow: Leading with Intentionality.”

Alumna wins Elementary School Principal of the Year award

Kimberly Lisanby-Barber
North Central College alumna Kimberly Lisanby-Barber is named the 2012-2013 Elementary School Principal of the Year by the Illinois Principals Association.

Kimberly Lisanby-Barber, a 1977 graduate of North Central College and principal of Lincoln Elementary School in Spring Valley, has been named the 2012-2013 Elementary School Principal of the Year by the Illinois Principals Association (IPA).

The award recognizes elementary school principals who have demonstrated a positive impact on their students and learning community. Horace Mann and the IPA announced the award in February.

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