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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.

North Central alumni, students hone skills as they lead and teach at summer camp

Eighth-grade scholars solve math problem during Math Olympics
For the first time, North Central alumnae co-direct the Junior/Senior Scholars summer camp, a college readiness program that partners with high-need schools.

July 21, 2011—For the first time, North Central alumnae 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 Cherrelle Blevins ’09 and Jill Bushman ’10 to serve as co-directors, along with four North Central alumni as coaches and 17 students as interns for the 2011 five-week summer program.

MAEd alumna named principal of Romeoville school

Alyson Ewald
North Central College alumna Alyson Ewald has been named principal of R.C. Hill Elementary School in Romeoville.

North Central College alumna Alyson Ewald has been named principal of R.C. Hill Elementary School in Romeoville, the Valley View School District has announced.

Ewald earned a master’s degree in educational leadership and administration from North Central College, which is aligned with the national leadership standards and leads to eligibility for Type 75 General Administrative Certification.

Ewald has been at R.C. Hill since 2003, most recently as assistant principal and earlier as a fourth-grade teacher.

Education class uses Skype to connect with noted speaker

Students in the Teaching Children with Special Needs in the General Education Classroom hear lecture, ask questions of guest speaker Brian King via Skype.

Some 24 students enrolled in North Central College’s EDN 330 course Teaching Children with Special Needs in the General Education Classroom, taught by Adjunct Instructor of Education Julie Carballo, heard from and exchanged questions with guest lecturer Brian King via the Internet using Skype on May 20.

Carballo says she met King in March when he gave a presentation on sensory processing disorders and was eager to have him speak to her students. King discussed “Five Things Every Teacher Should Know About Effectively Supporting Children on the Spectrum.”  

Guest speakers tell graduate students in education about technology use in classrooms

Students in North Central College’s master of arts in education program heard two guest speakers talk about technology use in classrooms.

Students working toward graduate degrees in North Central College’s master of arts in education (MAEd) program recently heard two guest speakers talk about how technology is being used in today’s elementary, middle and high school classrooms.

Susan Mack, visiting instructor of education, hosted the lecture by guest speakers Tony Schlorff, a math teacher in Naperville Community Unit School District 203, and Rodney Mack, executive director of technology for Wheaton Community Unit School District 200.

Alumna, trustee Maria Wynne named to Chicago Innovation Awards board

Maria Wynne
North Central College alumna and trustee Maria Wynne has been named a founding member of the Chicago Innovation Awards Board of Advisors.

May 5, 2011—North Central College alumna and trustee Maria Wynne has been named a founding member of the Chicago Innovation Awards Board of Advisors.

The Chicago Innovation Awards, which started in 2002 to honor new products and services across the local public, private and non-profit sectors, invited Wynne to join its newly created 40-member advisory board. The board is comprised of business and civic leaders who understand the importance of innovation and what it means to the success of the Chicago region and the growth of its economy.

English major accepts position with Teach for America program

Grant Swanson, shown at Oxford University, will join Teach for America.
Grant Swanson, a North Central College senior majoring in English, has accepted a position with Teach for America.

April 11, 2011—Grant Swanson, a North Central College senior majoring in English, has accepted a position with Teach for America.

Education alumni share advice with current students

Shane Gillespie, Class of 2004, English teacher
Four alumni of North Central College's undergraduate and graduate education programs share their expertise and advice with students.

March 7, 2011—Students majoring in education at North Central College get to learn from excellent faculty members on a daily basis and from highly respected teachers in the field. Recently, four alumni of North Central’s undergraduate and graduate education programs returned to campus to share their expertise and advice with students in the 242 Classroom Management Techniques in Secondary Education class taught by Kristine Servais, associate professor of education.

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