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McMahon leads workshop at school in Chicago

Mary McMahon
Mary McMahon, North Central College associate professor of mathematics, co-leads session on teaching math to staff at Chicago elementary school.

Mary McMahon—associate professor of mathematics and mathematics education coordinator—co-facilitated a workshop titled “Teaching Mathematics Using the Common Core Standards: What’s Really Changed?” to the staff at Goldblatt Elementary School in Chicago on Sept. 2.  

Darrin Vogt, education certification student who completed his certification at North Central College in 2010, was a participant and is in his second year of teaching physical education at Goldblatt.

North Central College awarded McCormick Foundation grant for principal preparation

North Central alumna Mavis DeMar, principal of Hermes Elementary School, Aurora.
North Central College is participating in a McCormick Foundation-funded study to help the state determine new requirements for principal preparation programs.

Sept. 15, 2011—North Central College is participating in a McCormick Foundation-funded study to help the state determine new requirements for principal preparation programs at Illinois colleges and universities.

North Central’s inclusion as a recipient of grant funds from the McCormick Foundation is the latest example of how North Central College’s undergraduate and graduate degrees in education are among the most rigorous in the State of Illinois, says Kristine Servais, associate professor of education and coordinator of master of education programs at North Central.

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.

Wolf leads workshop for teachers of German

Gregory Wolf, associate professor in German, conducted a statewide workshop, “Strategies for Successful German Programs: Advocacy, Articulation, and Outreach.”

Gregory H. Wolf, associate professor in German, conducted a statewide workshop and seminar titled “Strategies for Successful German Programs: Advocacy, Articulation, and Outreach” for the Michigan chapter of the American Association of Teachers of German, hosted by Wayne State University in Detroit on April 16.

McMahon gives talk on Common Core Standards for Mathematics

Mary McMahon, associate professor of mathematics and mathematics education coordinator, gave a presentation at the ACI Summer Institute for Educators.

July 12, 2011—Mary McMahon, associate professor of mathematics and mathematics education coordinator, gave a presentation titled “Math and the Common Core” on June 24 at the ACI Summer Institute for Educators, held at the Illinois Math and Science Academy in Aurora. The annual summer institute includes presentations, keynotes and skill-building workshops that focus on teaching diverse students with varying learning styles in high-need schools.

The objective of McMahon’s presentation was to give teachers a familiarity with the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics.

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.

Heller and McMahon lead math workshop for girls

Katherine Heller, assistant professor of mathematics
Katherine Heller, assistant professor of mathematics, and Mary McMahon, associate professor of mathematics, led math workshop for middle school girls.

Katherine Heller, assistant professor of mathematics, and Mary McMahon, associate professor of mathematics and mathematics education coordinator, led a workshop in math activities on deciphering codes, Fibonacci numbers, golden rectangles and tessellations for middle school Junior Scholar girls during three afternoons in April and May. The workshop was funded by a Sonia Kovalevsky Grant from the Association of Women in Mathematics and National Science Foundation. The goal of the grant is to foster interest in girls to follow careers in mathematics.

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.

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