North Central College - Naperville, IL

Amanda Chlebek

Each year, Naperville’s Beebe Elementary School welcomes more than 20 North Central students like Amanda for field experience. These teachers-in-training spend 20 weeks observing the latest methods for teaching reading and language arts, developing and teaching lesson plans and working with small groups of pupils. It’s an inspiring experience for Amanda. “I look forward to spending more time learning with the students and watching them grow with the knowledge I help provide,” she says.

Jeannette Clark '10

Jeannette Clark ’10 may be a new graduate in elementary education, but she’s no stranger to the education process, which is probably why she achieved the honor

Jeannette Clark ’10 may be a new graduate in elementary education, but she’s no stranger to the education process, which is probably why she achieved the honor of 2010 Outstanding Major in Elementary Education. While raising her three children, Clark served for 16 years as a member of the Indian Prairie School District 204 Board of Education. After providing insightful leadership to one of Illinois’ largest school districts, she finished her undergraduate degree and is interviewing for teaching jobs.

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.


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.


Majors Minors and Programs : Elementary Education

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.


Junior/Senior Scholars prepare for college in summer camp

The 180 Junior/Senior Scholars will learn about money, stocks, bonds and credit; banks and the federal reserve during the summer program.

This summer, North Central College is home to 180 students, elementary through high school grades, from the East Aurora and Chicago communities and 17 college interns who serve as their teachers and mentors. They are part of the Junior/Senior Scholars, a college readiness academic summer program run by North Central College from June 14 to July 23.

Junior/Senior Scholars on campus for academic day camp

Junior/Senior Scholars on campus for academic day camp

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This summer, North Central College is home to 180 students, elementary through high school grades, from the East Aurora and Chicago communities and 17 college interns.


Students serve summer long, around the world

From San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, to Nairobi, Kenya, to San Pablo City in the Philippines, North Central students wiill travel to do service projects.

Each summer, students at North Central College head to places around the world to serve alongside nonprofit organizations and people in disadvantaged communities. This summer, they'll work in three communities in Mexico, Kenya and the Philippines.

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