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Champion of Teachers Dom Belmonte To Receive NLU Pioneer Award Has worked to recruit excellent teachers, help them blossom in teaching

When Dom Belmonte was teaching American literature at York High School in Elmhurst, Illinois, he kept an eye out for students he thought would make good teachers someday. He nudged them to go into education.

That passion for cultivating educators started in 1976, when he first got the job at York. It got stronger when he won the Golden Apple award for teaching in 1987, in only the awards’ second year. It went into overdrive in 1996 when the Golden Apple Foundation hired him as CEO, and he generated ideas for incubating potential young teachers and helping mid-career adults transfer their expertise into teaching.

Honoring Belmonte with Pioneer Award

Over the years, his drive to grow teachers and nurture them to excellence in the profession has influenced thousands of teachers and even more of their students. National Louis University is honoring him with its Pioneer Award for his enormous success in bringing excellent teaching to Illinois students. The award will be presented at NLU’s annual Reach Awards gala June 6 at the Sofitel Chicago Water Tower. Continue reading »

From Wall Street to the West Side: Ohannes Wins ‘Outstanding Beginning Teacher’ Award Carrie Ohannes, who left high finance to teach middle grades in North Lawndale, will receive award June 12

Carrie Ohannes started her career in investments and later changed to teaching, earning her M.A.T. from NLU in 2014.

Working on Wall Street in the demanding world of high finance is not the usual path  to becoming a teacher in low-income, high-need urban schools. But it sure worked for Carrie Ohannes, who received one of the 2017 Outstanding Beginning Teacher Awards from the Illinois Association of Colleges for Teacher Education.

Ohannes, who completed her NLU Master of Arts in Teaching in 2014, has racked up a list of accomplishments in her three years teaching middle-grades English and Language Arts at Dvorak School of Excellence on Chicago’s West Side. One such accomplishment is that over two years, 90% of her students improved their NWEA scores. Continue reading »

NLU’s Community Psychology Program Gets Highest Honor for Excellence APA's Society for Community Research and Action bestows Excellence in Education award

Members of National Louis University’s 2016 cohort in the Community Psychology Ph.D. program pose at the beginning of term.

A quick glance around NLU’s Ph.D. program in Community Psychology begins to explain why it was singled out for praise among similar programs around the nation. It has been  lauded with the 2017 Excellence in Education Award by the Society for Community Research and Action, the American Psychological Association’s division governing community psychology.

That’s the highest honor a community psychology doctoral program can receive.

Within the program, one student reinterpreted perceptions of how girls become victims of human trafficking, subjugated by pimps at a young age. Another student worked with financial literacy, trying to move low-income minority residents from a “pay fees but get money today” mindset to a “save for tomorrow” approach. 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 Student Named Teacher of the Year by Illinois Education Association Stephanie Hortsman Teaches at Thornridge High School; Pursuing NLU Degree

What’s the proper response when a French teacher, and NLU student, wins the Illinois Education Association’s Bob Haisman Teacher of the Year Award?  “Toute nos felicitations,” (congratulations),  or even a simple “tres bien” (very good) will do.

Stephanie Hortsman, who is pursuing her M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction at National Louis University, received the award on March 30  at an annual IEA event in front of 1,200 people at the Sheraton Grand Chicago. 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 »

LGBT Hall of Fame Honors Seledon; Smith, Alcaraz Past Honorees Three NLU students have been inducted into Chicago's official Hall of Fame

 

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NLU doctoral student Norma Seledon was inducted into Chicago’s LGBT Hall of Fame.

When doctoral student Norma Seledon was inducted into the City of Chicago’s LGBT Hall of Fame recently, it brought the number of National Louis University students who have received that honor to three.  All–including previous inductees Christina Smith and Gaylon Alcaraz--are pursuing their Ph.Ds in NLU’s Community Psychology program.

Seledon actually received two Hall of Fame awards this year. The first was for more than two decades of leadership in organizations that empower and support women, Latinas and the LGBT community. The second was as a founding member of the non-profit Amigas Latinas, which was also inducted in the Hall of Fame.   Continue reading »

NLU Wins Two Grants, HSI and Trio, Totaling $4.8 million Both focus on helping underserved students graduate and succeed

hispanicstudentThe U.S. Department of Education has awarded National Louis a $3.6 million Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSI) Grant and a $1.2 million TRIO Educational Opportunity Centers (EOC) Grant.

The HSI Grant is a Department of Education grant which assists schools in expanding educational opportunities for Hispanic students. NLU received it  in conjunction with Morton College in west suburban Cicero, Illinois,  for Project CREST (CoenRollmEnt for Stem), a partnership project with the goal of increasing Hispanic enrollment and graduation in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) related programs. Continue reading »

Governor Awards Student Nancy Zhu Lincoln Laureate Honor One student from each Illinois university was honored for achievements

 

nancy-with-certificateNLU student Nancy Zhu received the Lincoln Laureate award for her academic achievement and contributions in a ceremony Nov. 12 in Springfield,  Illinois.

Zhu, a senior who will graduate in June with a B.A. in Elementary Education with Middle School Endorsement, has a 3.75 GPA. She also serves as treasurer for Debate team, and as vice-president in the National Society of Leadership and Success, NLU’s honor society. Continue reading »

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 »