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Emily Rademaker receives academic and service awards

Em Rademaker '12
Emily Rademaker of Cary was awarded the 2012 Outstanding Major in German and Outstanding Service to Student Life awards at North Central College.

Emily “Em” Rademaker of Cary, Ill., was awarded the 2012 Outstanding Major in German Award and Outstanding Service to Student Life Award during Honors Day May 15 at North Central College.

Rademaker is a senior majoring in German, classical civilization and sociology with minors in history and anthropology at North Central College. After graduation, she will serve in the Republic of South Africa for a 27-month assignment with the Peace Corps. She is the daughter of Dana and Linnea Rademaker and is a 2008 graduate of Cary-Grove Community High School.

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.

Josh Stumpenhorst '03 named Teacher of the Year, again

Josh Stumpenhorst '03 Teacher of the Year
Josh Stumpenhorst ’03 has earned another Teacher of the Year accolade, this time from the Illinois Education Association (IEA).

Josh Stumpenhorst ’03 has earned another Teacher of the Year accolade, this time from the Illinois Education Association (IEA).

Stumpenhorst is a sixth-grade social science and language arts teacher at Lincoln Junior High School in Naperville and last fall was named the Illinois State Board of Education’s Teacher of the Year.

The 158th annual IEA Representative Assembly was held at the Hilton Chicago March 15-17. The assembly is where representatives of the 130,000-member organization meet yearly to determine policies and direction for the association.

North Central College’s Jan Fitzsimmons honored by education professionals

Educator Janis Fitzsimmons is being honored by peers for helping prepare young teachers to pursue careers serving children in high-need schools.

Feb. 21, 2012—North Central College educator Janis Fitzsimmons is being honored by peers for her achievements in helping prepare young teachers to pursue careers serving children in high-need schools.

Fitzsimmons will receive recognition April 16 during the annual Honoring the Profession gala hosted by School of Education at Dominican University. The gala recognizes a select group of educators who continue to serve students and young people in the United States through the education profession.

Experience world cultures at North Central College's International Festival Feb. 12

North Central's German Club exhibit
The 16th Annual International Festival on Feb. 12 offers the campus community an opportunity to become immersed in a variety of cultures from across the globe.

North Central College will host its 16th Annual International Festival on Feb. 12, featuring new performance groups and participating community organizations, authentic international cuisine, ethnic dancing, live music and more.

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Local educator, literacy expert to speak Jan. 25 at North Central College

Local elementary school teacher and Illinois’ Reading Educator of the Year Maria Walther will speak at North Central College Jan. 25.

Local elementary school teacher, education expert and literacy consultant Maria Walther will speak at North Central College on Wednesday, Jan. 25. Her talk will take place at 5:30 p.m. in room 20 at the College’s Goldspohn Hall, 31 N. Loomis St., Naperville. The event is free and open to the public.

“Maria Walther is an extremely reliable and interesting speaker and often provides a variety of resources,” says Alyssa Mahoney, a North Central junior majoring in elementary education. “We cannot get enough of what she has to say!”

Snow Bowl fundraiser Feb. 3 for Tyson Resource Center at North Central College

Snow Bowl benefit in 2011
Join night of bowling, fundraiser Feb. 3 to support resource center for North Central education students and chapel service Jan. 24 in memory of Lora Tyson.

Community members are invited to join an evening of bowling, networking, fun and fundraising to support a valuable resource for North Central College education students.

Sarah Hall

“North Central gave me the confidence to follow my dreams. People here give you real experiences to try out your dreams.”

Sarah’s dream is to help children master the English language. She added a minor in English Language Learning to her majors in elementary education and Spanish so she can teach bilingual education.

“Many children know some English, but they need someone to help them stay on track academically with their subjects while still learning English,” she says. “Through North Central I’ve had so many opportunities to connect with different language communities and practice what I’m learning.”

Her student teaching and practicums have taken her to bilingual classrooms in highly Hispanic neighborhoods in the Chicago area. She also mentors and tutors Spanish-speaking students as part of a college-readiness program and tutors refugee families.

While studying abroad in Costa Rica, Sarah had an internship teaching grades K-5 at a private school. “This experience gave me a profound understanding of how students learn and transition to English.”

Shindler and Pilleux give presentations at educators conference

Kelly Pilleux and Jack Shindler, international programs
North Central College’s Jack Shindler, professor of English, and Kelly Pilleux, international student advisor, presented at international educators conference.

North Central College’s Jack Shindler, professor of English and director of international programs, and Kelly Pilleux, international student advisor, presented independent sessions at NAFSA, the Association of International Educators Region V annual conference at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Nov. 2-4. NAFSA Region V is composed of Illinois, Michigan and Wisconsin and has approximately 800 members representing more than 250 institutions.

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