By NLU Alum Kevin O’Connor ’98
The tables and seating areas were arranged in the elementary school cafeteria. Forty-five minutes later, as members of our founding organizing committee were greeting each incoming attendee, we were also setting up extra tables. By the start of the meeting, there were 150 people in attendance — more than we had expected.
Participants from the meeting left energized, eager to tell others and ready to move forward with GLASEN: Gay, Lesbian, and Ally School Employee Network for Broward County Public Schools in Florida. Continue reading
Gia 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.
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.
By Steve Zemelman, Ph.D.
NLU adjunct professor and director of the Illinois Writing Project
National Louis University’s Illinois Writing Project (IWP) is one of the most active and widely praised affiliates of the National Writing Project, a network of university-based professional development programs for educators. The IWP works with teachers across Chicagoland, providing workshops on teaching writing, summer leadership institutes, conferences, kids’ summer writing camps and consulting to help schools achieve in-depth improvement in writing instruction.
Accomplished IWP teacher leaders help teachers make writing meaningful and engaging for students. They guide teachers to organize their classrooms to address students’ individual needs and actively teach and support writing, rather than just make arbitrary assignments and mark them up with comments kids don’t learn from. Students’ writing becomes an authentic use of their voices to communicate with real audiences, and a tool for learning in all subjects. Kids begin to plead for more writing time, rather than moan about dreaded assignments.
You 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.
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.
Theodorea 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).
Before Willie Snipes Jr. came to NLU to earn his M.Ed. in Administration and Supervision in 2010, he made history at the college where he obtained his bachelor’s degree. He was the first recipient of a degree in music from Miles College in Fairfield, Alabama. Today he is still bringing music to his (first) alma mater.
Snipes’ interest in music came at an early age, which helped him to stay focused and out of trouble while he was growing up. From then on, music played a key role in the trajectory of his life. Continue reading