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There’s an old saying that a teacher's purpose is not to create students in her or his own image,
Mary Lynn Miller Henningsen
The daughter of a businessman in the rubber and plastics industry, Mary Lynn Henningsen once considered working as a chemist at the company where her father was employed. Instead, she decided to follow in the footsteps of her mother and grandmother. Growing up in a family of educators, Henningsen was exposed to their shared passion...
Geoffrey Pynn
Growing up in Walnut Creek, Calif., Geoffrey Pynn had fleeting thoughts of becoming a musician, a poet, and even maybe an artificial intelligence researcher. He was admittedly a little flaky in his younger years, never really settling on a specific career path; he was intrigued by seemingly everything. A philosophy major at Bates College in...
Kim Gatz
When Kimberly Gatz was growing up on a farm in nearby Malta, she had thoughts of someday becoming an author. She enjoyed telling stories, hearing stories and writing stories. She loved reading about early settlements and women throughout history. She decided to enroll in the University of Illinois, where she focused her studies on the...
Kaitlin Brown, Heather Grobe and Amanda Ionta
Heather Grobe, who is studying early childhood education in NIU’s College of Education (COE), did not expect
The late Richard Feynman, a Nobel Prize-winning physicist, once described a litmus test on whether he – or anyone else – truly grasped what they claimed to comprehend. He “argued that one does not understand a complicated subject unless one can clearly explain it to a class of freshmen,” says Brianno Coller, a professor of...
Brianno Coller
When machines fail to function as designed, engineers deconstruct those devices to discover why. Careful measurements are made. Originals predictions are challenged. Errors in analysis and assumptions are sought. And so it is natural that Brianno Coller, a mechanical engineer trained at Cornell and Princeton, realized that he needed to examine his ability to teach...
Michael Kolb
Nearly 250 current and former NIU students can thank Michael Kolb for the new directions they found – and pursued – because of his belief in engaged learning. Kolb’s annual archeological field school trips to Sicily offer opportunities to gain knowledge through first-hand experience while they become critical, lifelong learners who sort fact from idea...
Kristen Myers
Enrolling in a sociology course taught by Kristen Myers? Prepare to ask questions – and be questioned. Prepare to slip up. Prepare to learn, and to change. “Taken together, my teaching and mentorship embodies my feminist philosophies about equity and human potential. I promote the growth of all of my students, both in and out...
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Three Northern Illinois University alums are among the five winners of the Golden Apple Award this year for making a difference in the community through excellence in teaching. The Golden Apple Foundation is a nonprofit organization that works to inspire, develop and support teacher excellence in Illinois, especially in schools of need. The winners are...
Dave Changnon
NIU anthropologist Dan Gebo revealed last semester that he likes to bring some college-level “Show and Tell” into his classroom. Turns out he’s not alone. David Changnon, a Distinguished Teaching Professor and Board of Trustees Professor from the Department of Geography, is on the same page. “Many – maybe most – students have little familiarity...
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Pre-registration for this spring’s NIU Educators’ Job Fair is still open. NIU students and alumni are encouraged to pre-register early. Instructions on how to pre-register are available online. The fair takes place Monday, Feb. 24, at the NIU Convocation Center. Qualified candidates have a chance to get noticed in person as schools and school districts...
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