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Alum of Written Communication Is Teaching, Published in Jet, Ebony, Jane Keeping you up to date with what NLU alumni are doing in their fields

Zainab Karim, M.S., graduated from National Louis University’s Master of Science in Written Communication program and is now teaching at the college level and doing freelance writing.

Zainab Karim, who graduated from National Louis University’s Master of Science in Written Communication program in 2015,  is a professor of English and Psychology and a freelance writer. Her articles and short stories have been published in Jet Magazine, Ebony, XO, Jane, Revelist, Abernathy Magazine and The Liberty Project, to name a few. Below, Zainab shares a bit about her journey in the Master of Science in Written Communication program.

Q: Did you have a concentration and goal for completing the program?

A: Yes, I wanted to become a novelist. My master’s thesis was the beginning of a novel that I am still working on. I also wanted to be a freelance writer, which is a goal I was able accomplish after I graduated. Continue reading »

Alum adds ‘doctor,’ ‘school board member’ to his resume Alum receives Ed.D., is elected to school board in Brown Deer, Wisconsin, a Milwaukee suburb

Todd Beadle ’11 received a double jump in his professional life thanks to encouragement from the NLU community. First it was his doctoral degree. Most recently it was his run for school board.

Beadle, who received an M.Ed. in Administration and Supervision and an Ed.D. in Educational Leadership in 2016, was recently elected to the school board of the Brown Deer School District, a public school district serving four-year-old kindergarten through 12th grade students in Brown Deer, Wis.

Beadle is also the President/CEO of Saint Joseph Academy, a private Catholic elementary school and early childhood education center on the southside of Milwaukee, and a senior ministry advisor for Felician Services in Chicago, providing support to lay leaders working in Felician Sisters’ sponsored ministries across North America.

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Making Family Memories in the Old Neighborhood Alum wins grant for family-friendly movie series in underresourced Cincinnati communities

Amber Kelly ’15, Ph.D. in Community Psychology, knows the importance of making memories. So she’s back in her hometown of Cincinnati working on a new project that promotes family and community closeness.

“As a kid I grew up going to the movies with my family — it was one of our favorite past times. I have seen my old neighborhood change, especially as business have left. This included the movie theater that I frequented with my family,” recounted Kelly.

Kelly’s project is FamilyFlickn, a series of movie-going experiences in the Bond Hill, Avondale and Roselawn neighborhoods of Cincinnati tailored to parents and their kids. This movie-going experience includes everything you might expect — popcorn, drinks and candy. But FamilyFlickn adds a little twist by showing these movies inside a party bus.

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From Singing Telegrams to Academic Coaching Alum overcomes ‘not that smart’ stigma, now provides specialized academic coaching

Susan SchaeferGrowing up, Susan V. Schaefer ’02 didn’t believe she was smart enough to become a teacher. Now, with a little help from an M.A.T. in Elementary Education from National Louis University, she’s providing specialized education support to young students — helping them find confidence in their own academic abilities.

While she didn’t receive the encouragement and support she needed to pursue her dream of teaching, Schaefer still persisted into higher education. On the way, she discovered an aptitude for business. “In college I started a singing telegram company with my roommate that was pretty successful until the card shop in town bought a gorilla suit and started doing gorilla-grams and put us out of business,” she recalled.

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Education Champ, Real Estate Guru to Deliver Commencement Speeches

On Saturday, June 24, 2017, National Louis University will recognize the exceptional work of student graduates at its 2017 Chicago campus commencement ceremonies.

Dominic Belmonte, Golden Apple Foundation CEO, will deliver the keynote speech at National Louis University’s  commencement for National College of Education (NCE) graduates.

Rick Davidson, an NLU alum and former president and CEO of Century 21 Real Estate, will address the College of Professional Studies and Advancement (CPSA) graduates. Davidson currently heads Everest Group, parent company of Everest-Troop Real Estate. Continue reading »

Dazzling in Sunshine State, Alum Named ‘Teacher of the Year’ William 'BJ' Ivey, who earned two NLU degrees, receives the award

Sarasota County School District Teacher of the Year William “BJ” Ivey, a double NLU alum, is shown at the awards banquet with his mother Jo, left, and wife Samantha, both also teachers.

With 52 schools and nearly 4,800 teachers, competition to win the Teacher of the Year award in the Sarasota County (Florida) School District is tremendous.

In February, National Louis University alum  William “BJ” Ivey was named one of three finalists, and at an April 5 school district banquet, he topped the competition to become Teacher of the Year for 2017-18. Continue reading »

NLU Alum Surprised With Golden Apple Award for Teaching Officials bring award, reporters to fourth-grade teacher Andrea Beaty's classroom

NLU alum Andrea Beaty was teaching in her fourth-grade classroom recently when officials from the Golden Apple  Foundation arrived to present her with the  prestigious 2017 Golden Apple Award for Excellence in Teaching.

Beaty, who was surprised and emotional upon receiving the award, teaches fourth grade English and Language Arts, science, social studies, math, and social emotional learning at Serena Hills Elementary School in Chicago Heights, Ill. in the South suburbs. She earned her Master of Arts in Teaching in Elementary Education at National Louis University.  Continue reading »

Alum Finds His Teaching Paradise Teacher, cut loose from rural school district, lands new job at small island school

Rob Groesbeck at a beach just down the hill from his school.

Imagine spending the last years of your teaching career on a remote island. Rob Groesbeck ’84, M.A.T. in Elementary Education, doesn’t have to.

Groesbeck found himself the victim of downsizing at his rural Michigan school district after 32 years of teaching mostly middle school science. While he was still too young to retire, Groesbeck wasn’t sure he would be able to find another teaching position. “…my prospects seemed bleak,” he recalled.

That was before Groesbeck found Beaver Island Community School (BICS). Located on Beaver Island in northern Lake Michigan, BICS is a pre-K, K-12 public school with a focus on customized learning.

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Alumni Tell How They Got Jobs, How NLU Prepared Them for Careers College of Professional Studies and Advancement alumni share journeys with future students

 

Enrolling in college is an act of hope for a brighter future. It can be reassuring to prospective or newly-enrolled students, though, to hear from other students about how they landed rewarding jobs after they graduated.

To connect the dots between enrolling and reaching the point of succeeding in a good job, National Louis University’s College of Professional Studies and Advancement organized an Open House Alumni Speaker Panel event on Feb. 1 at NLU’s Chicago campus. Continue reading »

NLU Alum Helping Chicago Police, Fire, Respond to Mentally Ill The advanced training should help to prevent harm to mentally ill or others

A screenshot from the ABC7 News feature shows NLU alum Leslee Stein-Spencer talking about how Chicago firefighters, police and paramedics will get training in how to deal with situations involving the mentally ill.

Often, police, paramedics and firefighters respond to 911 calls and find a person in crisis or a chaotic situation. Sometimes, the person at the center of the situation is not a criminal intent on malice, but a mentally ill person in a panic.

In order to de-escalate the level of tension, calm the situation and prevent harm, the Chicago police and fire departments are providing training to personnel on how to respond to the mentally ill. NLU alum Leslee Stein-Spencer, Director of Medical Administration and Regulatory Compliance for the Chicago Fire Department, is at the center of these efforts. Continue reading »