Faculty and Staff

* Program Director

Educational
Studies

Dr. Elizabeth Sturm

Co-Chair: Dr. Elizabeth Sturm
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Dr. Elizabeth Sturm

Title: Associate Professor
Program: Special/Combined Education
Email: sturmel@lewisu.edu
Phone: (815) 836-5624

Educational Background:
2015  Ed.D. Lewis University
2005  M.A. Lewis University
2003  B.A. National Louis University

Courses Taught :
Development and Characteristics of Unique Learners
Approaches and Applications for the Multicultural Classroom
Special Education Clinical Experience II
Special Education Clinical Experience III
Instructional Strategies and Learning Comm. for Social Studies P-12

Research Interests:
Social Studies and Diverse Learners
Social Justice and Equity in Schools




Early Childhood


Dr. Rebecca Pruitt

Dr. Rebecca Pruitt*
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Dr. Rebecca Pruitt

Title: Associate Professor/Program Director
Program: Early Childhood Special Education
Email: pruittre@lewisu.edu
Phone: (815) 836-5626

Educational Background:
Ph.D. Oklahoma State University
M.S. Oklahoma State University
B.A. Oklahoma Baptist University

Courses Taught:
Child Development
Child, Family, Culture and Community
Physical Development and Creative Expressions
Liability, Ethics and Advocacy in Early Education
Foundations of Early Childhood Education
Introduction to Psychology
Applied Psychology

Research Interests:
Constructivist approaches in higher education
Epistemological development in adult women
Developmental benefits of interaction with nature
Novice teachers and developmentally appropriate practice



Dr. Juana Reyes

Dr. Juana Reyes
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Dr. Juana Reyes

Title: Associate Professor
Program: Early Childhood Special Education
Email: jreyes5@lewisu.edu
Phone: (815) 836-5014

Educational Background:
2008 Ed.D., Educational Organization, University of Illinois
1996 M.Ed., Educational Psychology, Loyola University
1992 B.A., Psychology and Spanish, St. Louis University



Elizabeth Tertell

Elizabeth Tertell
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Elizabeth Turtell

Title: Visiting Assistant Professor
Program: Early Childhood
Email: etertell@lewisu.edu

Educational Background:
1993 Post Graduate Certification, Pacific Oaks College, Portland, OR
1985 M.Ed., University of Illinois: Chicago Circle
1981 B.S., Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, IL



Dr. Hae Min Yu

Dr. Hae Min Yu
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Dr. Hae Min Yu

Title: Assistant Professor
Program: Early Childhood
Email: hyu1@lewisu.edu

Educational Background:
2014 Ed.D., Early Childhood Education, Teachers College, Columbia University, NY
2005 M.A., Early Childhood Education, Chung-Ang University, Seoul, Korea
2003 B.A, Early Childhood Education, Chung-Ang University, Seoul, Korea




Elementary / Special / Combined Education


Dr. Jennifer Buss

Dr. Jennifer Buss
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Dr. Jennifer Buss

Title: Associate Professor
Program: Special / Combined Education
Email: bussje@lewisu.edu
Phone: (815) 836-5627

Educational Background:
2015 Ph.D. University of Illinois at Chicago
2000 Masters Administration Type 75 Aurora University
1996 B.A. Illinois State University Special Education
1993 Joliet Junior College
15 additional Graduate hours completed

Courses Taught:
Foundations Teaching Learning
Instructional Strategies for the Exceptional Learner in the Community
Student Teachers Supervisor
Clinical Instructor

Research Interests:
Inclusion
Autism



Dr. Mary Fisher

Dr. Mary Fisher
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Dr. Mary Fisher

Title: Associate Professor/Program Director
Program: Special / Combined Education
Email: fishermm@lewisu.edu
Phone: (815) 836-5651

Educational Background:
1996 Ph.D. University of Virginia
1977 M.S. University of Illinois
1973 B.A. Saint Mary’s College

Courses Taught :
Assessment for Learning
Instructional Strategies and Learning Communities for Teaching Reading and the Integrated Language Arts, P-3
Special Education Field Experience
Exceptional Learners in Inclusive Communities



Dr. Hyeseong Lee

Dr. Hyeseong Lee
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Dr. Hyeseong Lee

Title: Assistant Professor
Email: hlee6@lewisu.edu
Phone: (815) 834-5139

Educational Background:
Ph.D., Educational Studies, Purdue University
M.A., Gifted Education, Columbia University
B.A., Elementary Education, Seoul National University of Education



Mrs. Ann O'Brien

Mrs. Ann O'Brien
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Mrs. Ann O'Brien

Title: Assistant Professor/Program Director
Program: Elementary Education
Email: obrienan@lewisu.edu
Phone: (815) 836-5241

Educational Background:
1996 MS University of St. Francis
1990 BA University of St. Francis

Courses Taught:

  • Methods of Teaching Mathematics K-9 Undergraduate Level
  • Differentiated Instruction Undergraduate Level
  • Instructional Methods K-9 with Field Experience Undergraduate Level
  • Child and Adolescent Literature and the Fine Arts Undergraduate Level
  • Methods of Teaching Language Arts K-3 Undergraduate Level
  • Instructional Strategies and Learning Communities for Mathematics in Special Education P-12 Undergraduate Level
  • Instructional Methods K-9 with Elementary Field Experiences Undergraduate Level
  • Classroom Management with Elementary Field Experience Undergraduate Level
  • Elementary/Middle School Student Teaching Graduate Level
  • Methods of Teaching Mathematics K-9 Graduate Level
  • Instructional Strategies and Learning Communities for Mathematics in Special Education P-12 Graduate Level
  • Endorsement Certification Mathematics 6-9 Graduate Level

Research Interests:

  • Early Childhood
  • Singapore Math
  • Brain Based Learning


Dr. Christy Roberts

Dr. Christy Roberts
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Dr. Christy Roberts

Title: Professor
Program: Special / Combined Education
Email: robertch@lewisu.edu
Phone: (815) 836-5317

Educational Background:
1998 Ph.D. Texas A&M University
1991 M.Ed. Sam Houston State Univeristy
1987 B.A. Stephen F. Austin University

Courses Taught:
Instructional Planning and Performance Based Assessments
Foundations of Teaching and Learning

Research Interests:
Teachers as Leaders
Intergrated Teacher Preparation Programs
Adult Lives of People with Disabilities



Dr. Elizabeth Sturm

Dr. Elizabeth Sturm*
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Dr. Elizabeth Sturm

Title: Associate Professor
Program: Special / Combined Education
Email: sturmel@lewisu.edu
Phone: (815) 836-5624

Educational Background:
2015  Ed.D. Lewis University
2005  M.A. Lewis University
2003  B.A. National Louis University

Courses Taught :
Development and Characteristics of Unique Learners
Approaches and Applications for the Multicultural Classroom
Special Education Clinical Experience II
Special Education Clinical Experience III
Instructional Strategies and Learning Comm. for Social Studies P-12

Research Interests:
Social Studies and Diverse Learners
Social Justice and Equity in Schools



Dr. Martha Wilkins

Dr. Martha Wilkins
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Dr. Martha Wilkins

Title: Assistant Professor
Program: Elementary Education
Email: mwilkins1@lewisu.edu
Phone: (815) 836-5258

Educational Background:
2016 Ed.D., Educational Leadership, Lewis University
2009 M.Ed., Curriculum and Instruction, Concordia University
2007 B.S., Elementary Education, University of Illinois




Secondary / Middle Level / Foreign Language


Dr. Sarah Drake Brown

Dr. Sarah Drake Brown*
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Dr. Sarah Drake Brown

Title: Associate Professor
Program: Secondary / Middle School / Foreign Language
Email: sbrown29@lewisu.edu

Educational Background:
2004 Ph.D., Curriculum Studies, Indiana University, IN
2000 M.A., History, Purdue University, IN
1995 B.A., History, Illinois State University



Dr. Erica Kwiatkowski-Egizio

Dr. Erica Kwiatkowski-Egizio
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Dr. Erica Kwiatkowski-Egizio

Title: Associate Professor
Program: Secondary / Middle School/Foreign Language
Email: kwiatker@lewisu.edu
Phone: (815) 836-5984

Educational Background:
2013 PhD, Mathematics Education, Illinois Institute of Technology
1997 M.Ed., Mathematics Education, University of Missouri-Columbia
1994 B.A., Mathematics & Psychology, Lewis University

Courses Taught:
Methods of Teaching Mathematics
Elementary Field Experience
Classroom Assessment and Intervention
Mathematics for Elementary School Teachers

Research Interests:
Improving Clinical and Field Experiences for Prospective Elementary Teachers
Mathematical Knowledge of Prospective Elementary Teachers
Preparing Elementary Education Candidates for the edTPA

Workshops, Conference Presentations, Lectures, Events:

Kwiatkowski-Egizio, E. (2014). Preparing Elementary Candidates for edTPA: Documenting Mathematical Knowledge for Teaching in a Coordinated Math Methods Course and Field Experience. 2014 American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education 66th Annual Meeting, Indianapolis, IN.

Kwiatkowski-Egizio, E. (2014). Developing Mathematical Knowledge for Teaching: Documenting Preservice Elementary Teachers’ Experiences. 2014 Association of Teacher Educators Annual Meeting, St. Louis, MO.

Kwiatkowski-Egizio, E. (2013). Preparing Elementary Teacher Candidates for the edTPA prior to Student Teaching: Documenting Experiences in a Math Methods Course. 2013 EdTPA National Implementation Conference, San Diego, CA.

Kwiatkowski-Egizio, E. (2013). Developing Mathematical Knowledge for Teaching: Documenting Preservice Elementary Teachers’ Experiences. Lecture given at Lewis University, sponsored by the Lewis University Diversity Committee.

Kwiatkowski-Egizio, E. (2013). Let’s Take a Tour of the Common Core Math Standards. Professional Development Workshop, St. Norbert School, Northbrook, IL.

Kwiatkowski-Egizio, E. (2013). Family Curriculum Night. Event conducted at Lewis University.

Kwiatkowski-Egizio, E. (2012). Family Curriculum Night. Event conducted at Lewis University.



FOUNDATIONS, LEADERSHIP & LITERACY

Dr. Jung Kim

Dr. Jung Kim*
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Dr. Jung Kim

Title: Professor/Program Chair
Program: Literacy
Email: kimju@lewisu.edu
Phone: (815) 836-5099

Educational Background:
2010: Ph.D., University of Illinois-Chicago
2004: M.Ed., University of Illinois-Chicago
2000: B.A., University of Illinois-Urbana-Champaign

Courses Taught:
Children's and Adolescent Literature
Academic Reading Skills
Practical Research for Learning Communities Foundations and Methods of Teaching Reading 4-12

Research Interests:
Critical pedagogy
Popular culture and the curriculum
Issues of equity and social justice
Critical Race Theory
Multiliteracies




Educational Leadership


Dr. Erica Davila

Dr. Erica Davila*
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Dr. Erica Davila
Title: Professor
Program: Foundations, Leadership & Literacy
Email: davilaer@lewisu.edu
Phone: (815) 836-5103

Educational Background:
UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS, URBANA-CHAMPAIGN
Ph.D., Educational Policy Studies, June 2005
Dissertation: Educational Policies in Lived Context: Puerto Ricans Schooled in Chicago
Adviser: Yoon K. Pak

UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS, URBANA-CHAMPAIGN
Masters of Education, August 2001
Major: Educational Policy Studies

NORTHEASTERN ILLINOIS UNIVERSITY, Chicago, IL
Bachelors of Art, May 1999
Majors: Elementary Education, Sociology
Endorsements: Middle School, Language Arts, and Social Sciences Certification: Illinois Type 03 (K-9)

Courses Taught:
Policy Studies in Education
Critical Pedagogy and Assessment
Critical Perspectives in School Law
Theories of Cultural Difference in Education

Research Interests:
Critical Race Theory in Education, Latinx Studies, Critical Studies in Mathematics


Dr. Velda Wright

Dr. Velda Wright
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Dr. Velda Wright

Title: Associate Professor
Program: Educational Leadership
Email: wrightve@lewisu.edu
Phone: (815) 836-5662

Educational Background:
2002 Ed.D. Loyola University, Chicago
1997 M.Ed. Loyola University, Chicago
1995 B.S. Loyola University, Chicago

Courses Taught:
Principalship
Curriculum Planning and Program Improvement
Educational Organization and Administration
Practicum in Administration

Research Interests:
Neuroscience
Effective Schools
School Leadership




Literacy


Dr. Deborah Augsburger

Dr. Deborah Augsburger*
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Dr. Deborah Augsburger

Title: Professor
Program: Literacy
Email: augsbude@lewisu.edu
Phone: (815) 836-5883

Educational Background:
2001 Ed.D. Northern Illinois University
1996 M.Ed. Northern Illinois University
1986 B.A. Wheaton College

Courses Taught:
Child and Adolescent Literature
Clinical Diagnosis and Remediation of Reading Problems
Foundations and Methods of Teaching Reading P-3
Methods and Strategies for Reading Comprehension Instruction
Practicum for the Reading Specialist
Technology in the Reading and Writing Program
Practical Research for Learning Communities

Research Interests:
Storytelling
Diversity Literature
Reading Teacher Education
Children's Engagement with Poetry



Dr. Jung Kim

Dr. Jung Kim
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Dr. Jung Kim

Title: Professor/Program Chair
Program: Literacy
Email: kimju@lewisu.edu
Phone: (815) 836-5099

Educational Background:
2010: Ph.D., University of Illinois-Chicago
2004: M.Ed., University of Illinois-Chicago
2000: B.A., University of Illinois-Urbana-Champaign

Courses Taught:
Children's and Adolescent Literature
Academic Reading Skills
Practical Research for Learning Communities Foundations and Methods of Teaching Reading 4-12

Research Interests:
Critical pedagogy
Popular culture and the curriculum
Issues of equity and social justice
Critical Race Theory
Multiliteracies



Dr. Seung Kim

Dr. Seung Kim
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Dr. Seung Kim

Title: Professor
Program: Literacy-Instructional Technology
E-mail: kimse@lewisu.edu
Phone: (815) 836-5042

Educational Background:
1997 Ed.D. University of Houston
1994 M.Ed. University of Houston
1983 B.S. Sungkyunkwan University

Courses Taught:
Technology for Teaching and Learning
Integrating Technology for Teaching and Learning I & II
Web Design and Development
Online Virtual Learning
Seminar in Instructional Technology

Research Interests:
Constructivist Approaches in Technology Integration
Online/Web-based Learning Environment
Multimedia Design and Development
Design and Development of School/Classroom Web Sites
Teacher Preparation with Technology
Design, Development, Implementation and Evaluation of Technology-based Instruction



Dr. Joanna Maravilla

Dr. Joanna Maravilla*
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Dr. Joanna Maravilla

Title: Assistant Professor
E-mail: jmaravilla@lewisu.edu
Phone: (815) 834-6107

Educational Background:
2020 Ph.D. University of Illinois at Chicago
2012 M.Ed. University of Illinois at Chicago
2007 B.A. University of Illinois at Chicago



Dr. Elvira Pichardo

Dr. Elvira Pichardo
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Dr. Elvira Pichardo

Title: Assistant Professor
Email: epichardo@lewisu.edu
Phone: (815) 834-5127

Educational Background:
2014 Ph.D. University of New Mexico
M.Ed. 2006 University of New Mexico 
2002 B.A. The City University of New York-Lehman College 




Staff


Brother Chuck Gregor, FSC

Brother Chuck Gregor, FSC
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Brother Chuck Gregor, FSC

Title: Instructional Technology Specialist
E-mail: cgregor@lewisu.edu
Phone: (815) 836-5632


Ms. Lee Anne McConologue

Ms. Leanne Harris
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Ms. Leanne Harris

Title: Data Manager
E-mail: harrisll@lewisu.edu
Phone: (815) 836-5847



Ms. Lee Anne McConologue

Ms. Lee Anne McConologue
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Ms. Lee Anne McConologue

Title: Administrative Assistant, Educational Leadership/Literacy
E-mail: McConole@lewisu.edu
Phone: (815) 836-5121/5316



Ms. Melissa Villarreal

Ms. Melissa Villarreal
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Ms. Melissa Villarreal

Title: Administrative Assistant
E-mail: mvillarreal2@lewisu.edu
Phone: (815) 836-5398/5316



Kelly Wolcott

Kelly Wolcott
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Kelly Wolcott

Title: Clinical Coordinator
E-mail: Kwolcott@lewisu.edu
Phone: (815) 836-5773



Ms. Renee Zdych

Ms. Renee Zdych
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Ms. Renee Zdych

Title: Licensure Officer
E-mail: rzdych@lewisu.edu
Phone: (815) 836-5268



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