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Michelle Proctor
Instructor, Education

Specialties: Multicultural education, educational policy, gender identity in the classroom and teaching/learning as social change.

Teaching full time at CLC since: 2005; previously taught at Ohio State University and Lake Forest College. Previously, she taught elementary and middle school in Ohio, California and Louisiana. She also has coached track and soccer at the elementary, middle- and high-school levels. Professor Proctor also has presented at conferences and seminars on topics ranging from culturally relevant teaching to identity search in adolescent girls.

Subjects taught at CLC: Introductory teaching, introductory gender studies, diversity and reading.

Education: B.A., American University; M.Ed., George Washington University; Ph.D., Ohio State University.

Most memorable teaching experience: In my fall 2014 diversity class, I assigned students a drama simulation. One team imagined that they were a group of teachers presenting to a school board about how their curriculum was relevant to bilingual students. This group took everything we read, discussed and argued about in class, and they tweaked it to fit their own beliefs as they presented to the imaginary school board. I was impressed!

Teaching full time at CLC since: 2008; previously taught as an adjunct at Southern Illinois University and a full-time, temporary instructor at Lake Forest College; taught for five years at the high-school level and 25 years at the grade-school level; also served four years as principal/superintendent of a charter school and four years as director of an early childhood center.

Subjects taught at CLC: Introduction to early childhood education, observation and assessment, music activities for young children, child development for educators, educational psychology, school diversity and conflict resolution.

Other professional experience: Founding principal/superintendent of a charter school and director of YMCA camps.

Education:  B.A., Coe College; M.A., San Jose State University, with elementary teaching credential; M.S., Wheelock College;  M.S., Wheelock College, with certificate in supervision.

What I do to engage students: I involve students using a variety of strategies, and I encourage them to take responsibility for their own learning, as it is essential for “deep learning” in the 21st century. These students will be the future teachers in America, and I want to help them be passionate about the profession, committed to helping children learn and determined to become lifelong learners.

Diane Wolter
Instructor, Early Childhood/Elementary Education

Teaching full time at CLC since: 2002; previously taught at Grand Rapids Community College and Western Michigan University.

Subjects taught at CLC: Introductory early childhood education, child development, professional ethics, language development, guidance and social development, practicums and administration of early childhood programs.

Other professional experience: Longtime advocate for early childhood, serving as an officer in Michigan affiliate of the National Association for the Education of Young Children. Professor Wolter has worked for more than 30 years as an early childhood teacher, program administrator, as well as a licensing consultant for the Michigan’s Department of Child and Family Services.

Education: B.S., Northern Illinois University; M.A., Western Michigan University; graduate work at Northern Illinois University.

What inspires me about my field:  I enjoy seeing my students learn and grow in their skills, knowledge, confidence, dedication and their passion for making a difference in the lives of young children and their families. Though the work is hard, the hours long and the emotional commitment sometimes challenging, being an educated and intentional teacher is among the most important and rewarding of professions.