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King Elementary students learn about North Central during school’s College Day

First-graders at Irene King Elementary School in Romeoville learned about North Central during the school’s College Spirit Day Oct. 4.

Students in Carol Kostelny’s first-grade classroom at Irene King Elementary School in Romeoville learned about North Central College during the school’s College Spirit Day Oct. 4.

Classrooms in the Valley View School District school “adopt” a college or university and learn about that institution as a way of encouraging college readiness. Educators are introducing younger children to higher education to get them thinking about college early, so they can plan their studies accordingly and graduate high school prepared to pursue their academic careers.

North Central College begins academic year with record number of students

North Central College began the 2013-2014 academic year Sept. 16 with a record number of students.

North Central College began the 2013-2014 academic year Sept. 16 with a record number of students.

Total enrollment stands at 3,048 undergraduate and graduate students, eclipsing the 3,000 mark for the second straight year. The College welcomed 852 new full-time undergraduate students. Enrollment this fall includes a record number of international students and increased representation of out-of-state students and veterans.

North Central College offering Teacher Leader master’s of education degree, endorsement

North Central College is offering a new Teacher Leader program leading to a master’s degree in education or state endorsement for educators.

North Central College is offering a new Teacher Leader program leading to a master’s degree in education or state endorsement for educators.

The Teacher Leader degree or endorsement is designed for teachers who have a professional education license and want to pursue additional leadership training and responsibilities. Educators who earn a Teacher Leader degree or endorsement may pursue positions as a mentor or coach, lead curriculum standards committees, serve as department or grade-level chairs, lead school improvement initiatives and serve on school leadership teams.

Three education faculty selected to help with new teacher assessment process

North Central College education faculty Julie Carballo, Kelli Diaz, Mary Beth Ressler are named scorers for new state-mandated teacher performance assessment.

Three members of North Central College’s education faculty have been selected by Pearson Education, Inc. to be trained as scorers for the edTPA, the new state-mandated, pre-service Teacher Performance Assessment (edTPA).

Jessica Lim '12

Jessica Lim has been co-teaching as a long-term substitute at Glen Forest Elementary in Falls Church, VA. She has been hired to work in the Fairfax County Public School District as a fifth-grade teacher.

Martha Disclafani '12

Martha Disclafani is a third-grade teacher at Thomasboro Grade School in Thomasboro, IL.

Shanna Loos '11

Shanna Loos is a special education teacher at Challand Middle School in Sterling, IL. She previously worked as a one-on-one aide for a child with severe nonverbal autism at Franklin Elementary School in Sterling. She walked with the child’s family this year at the Walk Now for Autism in Chicago.

U.S. News & World Report ranks North Central College among America’s Best Colleges

U.S. News & World Report magazine ranks North Central College among America’s Best Colleges for 2014.

U.S. News & World Report magazine ranks North Central College among America’s Best Colleges for 2014.

Maura Davy Prekwas '08

Maura Davy Prekwas is an elementary teacher at El Sierra School in Downers Grove Grade School District 58. She serves as a co-op and attests that having Danielle Norman ’16 as a preclinical student has been a great experience. Prekwas says that she and her school staff are always impressed with the ability of North Central students to get their pupils involved in the curriculum.

Jenny Decker-Pratt '04

Jenny Decker-Pratt and her husband Zach Pratt ’05 moved to Howard, WI. She has accepted the position of elementary cross categorical special education teacher at Menasha Joint School District in Menasha, WI. She will be supporting students with disabilities in the regular education classroom. Zach is an assistant professor of biology at St. Norbert College in De Pere, WI. Jenny may be contacted at jennypratt1@yahoo.com, and Zach may be reached at zach.pratt4@gmail.com.

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