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NIU friend Christina Magee makes impact in Rockford

April 7, 2014
Christina Magee

Christina Magee

Christina Magee sets the bar high for teachers within the subjects of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) across the region.

She mentors the Rockford Robotics Team and is the college and career academy coach at Guilford High School.

In March, she received a Rockford Chamber of Commerce award for Business Catalyst of the Year.

Four years ago, however, the former Eisenhower Middle School teacher graduated from the After School Matters (ASM) Materials Camp funded and run by the NIU College of Engineering and Engineering Technology.

The camp is a one-week professional development program for high school and middle school teachers of STEM subjects. ASM International is dedicated to promoting professionalism, scholarship and consciousness in the field of after-school education.

Magee remains a strong advocate and recruiter for NIU’s camp.

“I am a big fan of Chris. I think it is an incredible accomplishment that someone from our camp won such a prestigious award,” said Alan Swiglo, associate director of Manufacturing Process Research and a professional affiliate with ASM International.

Magee “is an individual who has worked as a catalyst of manufacturing and has influenced many other Rockford area teachers to attend the ASM camp and better the STEM field as a whole,” Swiglo added. “I believe she has made an incredible impact on the STEM community and will continue to do so in the future.”

According to the Rockford Chamber of Commerce, the Individual Business Catalyst Award is presented annually to an outstanding business leader based upon his/her motivational ability and achievements.

Magee’s honorable efforts of attracting, training and retaining the next generation of manufacturing employees made her a “catalyst” in various aspects within the field of manufacturing. Her professional career as a STEM advocate within the classroom assisted in her business goals outside the classroom and meets the criteria for the award.

The judging criterion includes a focus on leadership style, career developments and performance in the community.