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

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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!”

For her upcoming visit, Walther will speak specifically about reading tips and classroom management.

Walther has been teaching first grade since 1986 and now teaches at Graham Elementary School in Naperville. In 1997, she earned the distinction as Reading Educator of the Year in Illinois. She has also written a number of books on reading and writing, authored articles on literacy instruction and spoken to other educators at conferences throughout the country.

Walther received her doctorate in curriculum and instruction from Northern Illinois University where she also earned the Outstanding Research Award and the Outstanding Young Alumni Award. In addition to teaching first grade, she serves as an instructor for undergraduate- and graduate-level literacy classes at Judson University.

The talk has been organized by SLATE (Student Leaders Association of Teacher Educators), a student organization at North Central for those majoring or minoring in education. Members of SLATE have the opportunity to develop and carry out special service projects and programs throughout the year. SLATE is also affiliated with the Association of Teacher Educators, a national organization.

This lecture is one of the many ongoing programs at North Central College to enrich and broaden the cultural and academic outlook for the College and community. For a comprehensive schedule of lectures, author visits, musical performances, theatrical productions and art exhibits, visit or call the box office at 630-637-SHOW (7469).