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Meet the College's nine new tenure-track faculty

Meet the College's nine new tenure-track faculty

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Among the many new faculty and coaches this academic year are nine full-time, tenure-track faculty. They are Leila Azarbad, assistant professor of psychology; Suzanne Chod, assistant professor of political science; Kristin Geraty-Bonacci, assistant professor of sociology; Andrei Guruianu, assistant professor of English; Katherine Heller, assistant professor of mathematics; Kelly Howe, assistant professor of theatre; Jonathon J.


Ramona Wis presents workshops to directors, educators

Ramona Wis presents workshops to directors, educators

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Ramona M. Wis, Mimi Rolland Professor in the Fine Arts, professor and chair of music, presented a workshop to an international audience of artistic directors during the Sister Singers Network conference in Chicago in July. Her session was titled “Influence Changes Everything: How Conductors Can Create Momentum and Achieve Success (and still sleep at night).” More recently, Wis facilitated a workshop with the K-12 music educators of Indian Prairie School District 204. Held Aug.


Dr. Lora Tyson

An inspiration to hundreds of North Central College students and aspiring educators, Lora Tyson, associate professor of education, died September 1, 2008, after a courageous battle with cancer. It was the very same day that more than 100 family members, friends, colleagues and College alumni gathered for a Cubs game to raise funds to support the Dr. Lora Tyson Curriculum Resource Center in Oesterle Library, which has been renamed in her honor.

North Central participates in NAC&U’s 2010 Summer Institute

North Central participates in NAC&U’s 2010 Summer Institute

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In June 2010, a team of North Central College faculty and administrators joined colleagues from 20 colleges and universities at the 14th annual Summer Institute of the New American Colleges & Universities (NAC&U), the consortium of independent and small to mid-sized institutions, of which North Central is a founding member.


2010 graduate and new teacher in the news

2010 graduate and new teacher in the news

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Recent graduate and elementary education major Jill Bushman ’10 was featured in The Beacon-News Aug. 24 on her first day of teaching 29 fourth-grade students at Aurora’s Oak Park Elementary School. Throughout her four years at North Central, Bushman was involved in Junior/Senior Scholars as a tutor, mentor, team leader and summer intern.


Eliseo Martinez

Eliseo received two job offers upon graduation and he accepted a position teaching music at an Aurora elementary school where he student-taught.

His story began with North Central's professors and teaching opportunities, which he describes as second to none. "Our teachers look for potential in you, not just musical expertise, and they give you one-on-one attention and freedom to design your own individual program," he says. "I set my own goals and studied voice, piano, clarinet and conducting. I also loaded all my music education classes and ensembles into my first couple years so I could decide where I wanted to focus. At larger schools with larger classes, you don’t get the chance to customize your program or take lots of lessons."

Eliseo also gained significant teaching and mentoring experience by working with the Junior/Senior Scholars program, North Central’s yearlong college readiness program for disadvantaged youth in high-need communities. He was Golden Apple Scholar during his four-year North Central career.

Melissa Guido

"ELL can benefit any prospective or current teacher," says Melissa, who is pairing her major in elementary education with a double minor in English language learning (ELL) and reading. "Schools today are very diverse, and every student deserves an education and an opportunity to succeed. "ELL teachers don’t need to speak a second language in order to succeed," she notes. "This minor is based on teaching strategies and communicating in universal ways. It will help me break the language barrier so that each student learns in the way that suits them best."

Tricia O'Donnell

Driven by the belief that creativity is vitally important, Tricia is dedicated to helping students reach their creative potential. Her North Central experience has helped her do just that. Studio art professors have challenged her to develop her own style, which she is eager to share with her future students. The Junior/Senior Scholars program, practicums and student teaching opportunities have helped her cultivate a flexible teaching style. And campus clubs have provided a robust network of friends and colleagues. Now she’s ready to change the world, one student at a time.

Education majors create, teach summer school program

When a Chicago area elementary school canceled its summer school for low-achieving students, North Central education majors provided an alternative program.

When a Chicago area elementary school canceled its summer school for low-achieving students, North Central College education majors stepped in to provide an alternative program.

Fifth-grade teacher Kate Smith Pereda at Lincoln Elementary School in Addison, Ill., was concerned for her students who would be impacted by the summer school's cancellation. A 2005 graduate of North Central College, Pereda contacted her former education professor Maureen Kincaid at North Central asking for help.

Education students create summer school program

Education students create summer school program

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Six North Central elementary education students took up a challenge from alumna Kate Smith ’05 Pereda, a fifth-grade elementary school teacher in Addison, to create and teach a summer school program at her high-needs school. “Kate contacted me last spring asking for help. Her district had canceled its summer school programs and she needed help with an alternative program,” said Maureen Kincaid, associate professor and chair of education. “Kate came to campus and spoke to our elementary education classes about the need.


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