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Alum’s IDEA Wins ‘School Librarian of the Year’ Award Todd Burleson ’98 created a libratory at Chicagoland school

 

2016 School Library Journal School Librarian of the Year Todd Burleson, Hubbard Woods School, Winnetka, IL (School Library Journal, September 2016) (PRNewsFoto/Scholastic Inc.)

2016 School Library Journal School Librarian of the Year Todd Burleson, Hubbard Woods School, Winnetka, IL (School Library Journal, September 2016) (PRNewsFoto/Scholastic Inc.)

If lightbulbs actually went on over people’s heads like they do in cartoons, the one over the head of Todd Burleson ’98 would be blindingly bright. Burleson has created not only a new concept, but a new word to go with it: Libratory, a library that blends into a laboratory, maker space, place to encourage creativity and hub of design thinking.

For his creation, School Library Journal and Scholastic Library Publishing have recognized Burleson with their School Librarian of the Year award. Continue reading »

From Paris to NLU: Worth It To The End! Prof tells why she left France to earn two NLU degrees

 

By Elizabeth Schaefer, M.S., M.A., Professional Adjunct Lecturer, National Louis University

eiffeltowerstockI chose to leave Paris, France–the City of Lights–to attend National Louis University.

I’ll be honest; it was a difficult choice.

To explain, let me tell you what I do now, and how I got here. Continue reading »

Taking Her Degrees to Another Level Once a substitute teacher, now a state-level advocate

160810-GIA-ORR-005Gia Orr ’01 has found that her two degrees from National Louis University — one in education and the other focused on the helping professions — have given her a broad scope of knowledge that has propelled her career forward.

Orr, with her M.S. in Human Services Administration and a ’07 M.Ed. in Administration and Supervision, currently wears many hats for the State of Illinois, mainly centered on empowering people and communities.
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Alum Climbs the Ladder in Law Enforcement He’s held down a spread of job titles in a long career

A few unexpected visitors stopped by to give Captain Stephen Garrison ’15 a stack of “copcakes.”

A few unexpected visitors stopped by to give Captain Stephen Garrison ’15 a stack of “copcakes.”

Captain Stephen Garrison ’15 has law enforcement experience stretching as far back as 1988. His job titles run the gamut from computer forensics instructor to Walt Disney World liaison for criminal investigations.

His graduation from National Louis University with a B.S. in Management paved the way for his most recent advancements with the Orange County, Florida Sheriff’s Office.

“Completing my degree was very important in order for me to be eligible for promotion to Captain,” he said.
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Hands-on NLU Grad Champions Technology in Education She was named president-elect of #edtech advocacy nonprofit

fc911c_c9b933b4f8c58f697916c29bd54bc1ceYou might be right if you said that NLU alum Nicole Zumpano ’10 has her hands full. She’s an adjunct faculty member and a graduate of NLU’s M.Ed. in Technology in Education (TIE) program. She’s also a technology coach for Chicago Public Schools and this year was named the president-elect of the nonprofit Illinois Computing Educators (ICE).

ICE is the Illinois affiliate of the International Society for Technology in Education, an organization that supports and promotes innovative education for all students.

Zumpano has been a member of ICE since 2005, and it’s been a very busy 11 years. She has presented at conferences, planned conferences, advocated in Springfield, Illinois, moderated webinars and held a number of leadership positions including communications chair, professional development chair, governing board member and ICE secretary.

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NLU Criminal Justice Student Hired As Roselle Police Officer Aggie Wajda came to NLU with the goal of working in law enforcement

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Richard Schak, director of NLU’s Criminal Justice program and retired Chicago Police sergeant, attended student Aggie Wajda’s swearing-in ceremony as a Roselle Police Department officer.

Congratulations to Agnieszka (Aggie) Wajda, a student in NLU’s Criminal Justice program and U.S. Navy veteran, who has been hired by the Roselle Police Department as a police officer.

“From the moment we met Aggie, she made it clear she wanted to become a police officer,” said Richard Schak, director of NLU’s Criminal Justice program, who attended her swearing-in ceremony in Roselle. Continue reading »

Green Slime, NLU Prof Help Alum Win Science Teacher Award Andrew Bean won grant to install solar panels at his CPS School

Andrew Bean ’12 Congratulations to NLU alum Andrew Bean ’12, who recently received a national award for new science teachers. He had the strong backing of his mentor and NLU prof, Vito Dipinto, Ed.D., who frequently visits Bean’s classroom to whip up green slime, and other science oddities, to attract 13-year-olds’ interest in science.

Bean, who earned an M.A.T. in Elementary Education, is an eighth grade science and social studies teacher at William E. Dever Elementary School in the Belmont Heights on the Northwest side of Chicago.

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Triple-Threat Alum Returned Again and Again She holds three advanced degrees from NLU

Theodorea.Berry_BlogTheodorea Regina Berry ’95 believes in the power of three.

Berry is an associate professor at the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA). She’s the director of the African American Studies Program, with expertise in the lived experiences of women educators of color. She has held leadership roles at a number of education foundations and associations and is the editor of two journals of curriculum theory.

She’s also a triple alum of National Louis University. She holds an M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction (’95), an Ed.S. in Leadership in Curriculum and Teaching (’98), and an Ed.D. in Curriculum and Social Inquiry (’02).

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When Dad Spoke To Alum In a Dream, She Listened Writer Beth Schaefer teaches at NLU, founded a publisher and even a fake university

Screen Shot 2015-11-09 at 5.16.21 PMWhat does it mean when a deceased parent appears to you in a dream, but you can’t hear the words they’re saying?

NLU alum Beth Schaefer divined the meaning right away. Her dad was telling her that even though she had a career going in corporate writing, she could no longer silence her creativity, which was trying to emerge, writes Rick Kogan in the Chicago Tribune.

Schaefer, who earned her M.S. in Written Communication degree from National Louis last year and now teaches in the program,  grew up in a gifted family. With her mother an actress and a vocalist on Chicago’s club scene and her dad a fiction and poetry writer, the arts and creativity colored her universe. Schaefer herself had taken to the stage as an award-winning singer-songwriter earlier in her career. Continue reading »

Alum Receives Golden Apple’s Principal Award Christine Adler, Lincolnshire principal, accepts the Stanley Golder award

 

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National Louis University alum Christine Adler, Ed.D., accepts the Stanley Golder award from the Golden Apple Foundation. Adler is principal at Laura Sprague School in Lincolnshire, a northern suburb of Chicago.

At a gala ceremony on Friday evening, NLU alum Christine Adler, Ed.D., received the Stanley C. Golder Award, given annually by the Golden Apple Foundation to a principal who shows exemplary leadership.

Adler, principal of Laura Sprague School, an early childhood-grade 2 school in Lincolnshire, Illinois, was selected because of her advocacy of unique teacher styles, creation of bilingual services and embrace of multiculturism, along with her passion and support to help students excel to meet their potential, the foundation said. Continue reading »