College of Education Dean Laurie Elish-Piper, along with associate deans Bill Pitney and David Walker, rolled out the red carpet May 5 for the college’s annual Celebration of Excellence.
The event in Anderson Hall recognized winners of the College of Education awards.
- Excellence in Teaching Award by Faculty/Clinical Faculty: Katy Jaekel, CAHE
- Excellence in Research and Artistry Award by Faculty: Jim Ressler, KNPE
- Excellence in Service Award by Faculty: Myoung Jung, SEED (not pictured)
- Exceptional Contributions by Instructors: Jan Hart, SEED
- Exceptional Contributions by Civil Service Staff: David Snow, LEPF
- Exceptional Contributions by Supportive Professional Staff: Susan Schwartz, KNPE
- Outreach/Community Service Award: Stacy Kelly, SEED
- Exceptional Contributions in Diversity/Social Justice Award: James Cohen, CI, and Lauriece Zittel, KNPE
Also stepping into the spotlight: Read more...
- Tom Smith, a newly named NIU Presidential Teaching Professor from the Department of Educational Technology, Research and Assessment;
College of Education Dean Laurie Elish-Piper chats with Lauren Leifheit, Rachel Bicksler, Anna Mangini and Jamie Hoban.
Lauren Leifheit never heard a peep from the students in her first classroom.
“I’ve been interested in teaching for as long as I can remember,” says Leifheit, a pre-elementary education major from Sycamore. “Even when I was a little kid, my parents would buy me little teaching kits, and I’d teach my stuffed animals.”
Jamie Hoban, a vision major from a tiny town near Manitowoc, Wis., developed a passion for special education during her six years as a volunteer at an Association for the Developmentally Disabled summer camp.
Visual impairments, however, is an inspiration from a relative. Read more...