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North Central College education alumni named principals of high-achieving high schools

Brian Waterman, left, and Mark Kolkman
Alumni of North Central College’s master of arts in education program are named principals of suburban high schools with reputations for academic excellence.

Two alumni of North Central College’s master of arts in education (MAEd) program are assuming leadership positions at suburban Chicago high schools with reputations for academic excellence.

Brian Waterman is the new principal of Lyons Township High School in LaGrange while Mark Kolkman is becoming principal of Hinsdale Central High School. Both earned their master’s degrees in educational leadership at North Central College, Waterman in 2004 and Kolkman in 2002. Both positions are effective with the start of the 2014-2015 school year.

Annual Snow Bowl fundraiser for Tyson Center is Feb. 7

Students, alumni, community members are invited to the Snow Bowl, a night of bowling and networking to benefit the Tyson Resource Center for future educators.

Community members are invited to enjoy an evening of bowling, fun and fundraising with North Central College education students and alumni to support a valuable resource for future educators.

Teach First program at North Central College is focus of video

Ruth Ramos ’04
The Dunham Fund showcases its partnership with the Teach First program in a video featuring North Central College educators and students.

The Dunham Fund has showcased its partnership with the Teach First program at North Central College in a video titled “The Dunham Fund: Proud Partner of Teach First.” It features interviews with various North Central educators, including Julie Carballo, director of the Teach First program, students who are Dunham Scholars, and two graduates who are teaching in the East Aurora District 131.

Visit or YouTube to view the video.

Jill Gross '12

Jill Gross is technology educator for Trinity Lutheran School in Roselle, IL.

Courtney Blake '12

Courtney Blake is a language arts interventionist at Rollins Elementary School in Aurora, IL.

Shannon Juenger '09

Shannon Juenger is a fourth-grade teacher at West Lane Elementary in Jackson, MO. Juenger earned her English as a second language certification from Methodist University in Fayetteville, NC. She may be reached at

Stephanie Felker M ’07

Stephanie Felker M ’07 is assistant principal of Oak Park Elementary School in Oak Park, IL.

Eric Haren M ’02

Eric Haren M ’02 is the new principal at Manor Hill School in Lombard, IL. He started his educational career in 1997 in Oswego and went to Lombard six years later as a sixth-grade teacher before becoming assistant principal at Glenn Westlake Middle School.

Judith Giese '75

Judith Giese, an ordained elder in the Northern Illinois Conference of the United Methodist Church, is now serving Red Oak and Wyanet United Methodist Churches in the DeKalb District. She is in her 25th year as an ordained United Methodist pastor. She holds a master of divinity from Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary.

Dan Thomas '73

Dan Thomas is president and owner of Dan Thomas Construction in Clarendon Hills, IL, specializing in new construction, additions and remodels along with insurance renovation work. Thomas may be contacted at

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