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Kathy Johnston
Instructor, Early Childhood/Elementary Education
D120
847/543-2742
kjohnston1@clcillinois.edu


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.


Michelle Proctor
Instructor, Education
A142
847/543-2942
soc657@clcillinois.edu


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!