Jun 302017
 
A 2003 graduate of the IWU B.A. Elementary Education program, Cara Spitzner, recently won the Golden Apple Award for Excellence in Teaching for her work in the 4th grade at Ogden Avenue School in LaGrange, Illinois. Here is the article:
Golden Apple is a non-profit organization that works to inspire, develop and support teacher and school leader excellence in Illinois, especially in schools-of-need. You can find more information here: http://www.goldenapple.org/. Her award ceremony was broadcast on WTTW Chicago/PBS: http://www.pbs.org/video/3000789574/
Congratulations, Cara!
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Jun 012017
 

Your humble newsletter editor along with her husband Tony Brent (a fellow ’03 alum) welcomed Calvin Everett Brent on January 5, 2017, which is also her birthday. He joins big brother Elliott, who is three years old.

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Jun 012017
 
Jason Han was elected in April to serve on the Village of Northbrook, Ill., Board.
An English major at Illinois Wesleyan, Jason revieved his law degree from the University of Illinois. He opened his own law practice in Chicago in 2014. Asked by the Daily North Shore why he was pursuing office, Jason said, “I am running because this community has not reached its potential. It could be so much better. We need to reach out to newcomers such as the Asian-American community. Northbrook is about 20 percent Asian-American yet has never had an Asian trustee on the Village Board. We need to reach out to a younger generation and encourage them to choose Northbrook.’
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Jun 012017
 
Cara Spitzner, a fourth grade teacher at Ogden Avenue School in La Grange, Ill., is a 2017 Golden Apple Awards for Excellence in Teaching and Leadership finalist.
This is Cara’s fourteenth year at Ogden, where she has taught both third and fourth grades and is also involved in the Curriculum Advisory Council and the Committee for Equity and Minority Achievement. An education major at IWU who also holds a master’s degree from Northern Illinois University, Cara resides in Oak Park and volunteers on a Refugee Welcome Team through her synagogue.
Congratulations on your amazing achievement!
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