North Central College - Naperville, IL

Fitzsimmons administering professional development program for math teachers

Jan Fitzsimmons
North Central College's Jan Fitzsimmons is administering a professional development program to help math teachers better serve children in high-need schools.

North Central College educator Janis Fitzsimmons is administering a professional development program to help math teachers better serve children in high-need schools.

Music education alumnus joins staff of performing arts school in St. Charles

Mike Krieglstein, a 2010 music education alumnus, has joined the staff of the Vero Voce School of Visual and Performing Arts in St. Charles.

Musician Mike Krieglstein, a 2010 music education alumnus of North Central College, has joined the staff of the Vero Voce School of Visual and Performing Arts in St. Charles as a guitar and bass teacher, the Aurora Beacon-News reported.

Teachers hear literacy education experts present at North Central College symposium

Katie Wood Ray
More than 200 Naperville-area teachers gathered at North Central College June 18-22 to learn from some of the nation’s leading experts on literacy education.

More than 200 Naperville-area teachers gathered at North Central College June 18-22 to learn from some of the nation’s leading experts on literacy education.

The College partnered with Naperville Community Unit School District 203 to present the weeklong symposium, which provided teachers the opportunity to learn about the latest trends and best practices for teaching reading and writing to children in grades kindergarten through high school.

Wrigley Field honors North Central College alumnus, Teacher of the Year Josh Stumpenhorst

Illinois Teacher of the Year Josh Stumpenhorst '03 with family at Wrigley Field
North Central College alumnus and Illinois Teacher of the Year Josh Stumpenhorst threw out the first pitch before a Cubs game at Wrigley Field.

June 13, 2012—One of the perks of being Illinois Teacher of the Year is throwing out the first pitch before a Cubs game at Wrigley Field.

North Central College alumnus Josh Stumpenhorst experienced his day at the Friendly Confines on Tuesday, June 12, before a night game versus the Detroit Tigers. Stumpenhorst attended with his wife and their two young children, who were excited to meet Cubs pitcher Alberto Cabrera.

“Cabrera just talked to my boys and signed a ball,” Stumpenhorst Tweeted before the big moment. “They are in heaven.”

Peace Corps Director Aaron S. Williams to address North Central College Commencement

Aaron S. Williams, director of the Peace Corps
Aaron S. Williams, director of the Peace Corps, will deliver the address June 9 at the 147th Commencement ceremony of North Central College.

Aaron S. Williams, director of the Peace Corps, will deliver the address June 9 at the 147th Commencement ceremony of North Central College.

Mike Giaquinto earns 2012 Outstanding Major in Physical Education Award

Mike Giaquinto
Mike Giaquinto of Hackettstown, N.J. was awarded the 2012 Outstanding Major in Physical Education Award during Honors Day May 15.

May 21, 2012—Mike Giaquinto of Hackettstown, N.J. was awarded the 2012 Outstanding Major in Physical Education Award during Honors Day May 15 at North Central College.

Giaquinto is a senior majoring in physical education with a minor in secondary education. He is the son of Lisa and Frank Giaquinto and a graduate of Warren Hills Regional High School.

Veronica Blue earns 2012 Outstanding Major in Elementary Education Award

Veronica Blue
Veronica Blue of Utica received two academic awards during Honors Day May 15 at North Central College.

May 21, 2012—Veronica Blue of Utica received two academic awards during Honors Day May 15 at North Central College.

Blue was recognized with the College’s 2012 Outstanding Major in Elementary Education and 2012 Outstanding Student in the Human Thought and Behavior Division awards.

Blue is a senior majoring in elementary education with minors in reading and Chinese. She is the daughter of Fred and Monica Blue and a graduate of Ottawa Township High School.

Alicia Zimmerman earns College's 2012 Outstanding Student in Secondary Education Award

Alicia Zimmerman
Alicia Zimmerman of Wheaton was awarded the 2012 Outstanding Student in Secondary Education Award during Honors Day May 15 at North Central College.

May 16, 2012—Alicia Zimmerman of Wheaton was awarded the 2012 Outstanding Student in Secondary Education Award during Honors Day May 15 at North Central College.

Zimmerman is a senior majoring in physical education K-12, with minors in secondary education, health education and wellness. She is the daughter of Todd and Susan Zimmerman and a graduate of Wheaton-Warrenville South High School.

Zimmerman plans to student-teach in the fall, graduate from North Central in December and pursue a full-time teaching position.

North Central College alumnus earns Golden Apple Award for excellence in teaching

Robert Taylor, Golden Apple Awardee
North Central College alumnus Robert Taylor is one of 10 Chicago-area educators being honored with 2012 Golden Apple Awards for Excellence in Teaching.

May 16, 2012—North Central College alumnus Robert Taylor is one of 10 Chicago-area educators being honored as recipients of a prestigious 2012 Golden Apple Award for Excellence in Teaching.

Taylor, who earned his master’s degree in curriculum and instruction from North Central College in 2000, is a second-grade teacher at Central Road School in Community Consolidated School District 15 in Palatine.

District 15 announced Taylor was presented with the award May 9.

Heather Carlson ’91 delivers keynote address at Rall Symposium for Undergraduate Research

Heather Carlson '91
Heather Carlson '91 delivered the keynote address at North Central College’s 15th annual Rall Symposium for Undergraduate Research.

May 15, 2012—If you want to succeed at scientific research, you’ve got to be able to work well with others.

That was the advice North Central College students and others heard May 15 during the keynote address at the College’s 15th annual Rall Symposium for Undergraduate Research from professor, pharmaceutical researcher and North Central alumna Heather Carlson ’91.

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