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The DePaul Career Center’s Teachers' Forum offers new teachers the opportunity to gain critical skills and resources and network with principals and professionals in education.

Specifically, this event will provide opportunities to:

This one day event is open to all DePaul students and alumni who are exploring teaching and those preparing and pursuing a career in teaching. As this is a professional development and networking opportunity, students at all stages of their exploration and program are encouraged to attend this event!

Don’t miss this opportunity to prepare for your professional pursuits by learning about the field from the experts!

General Registration - Register Today!

General Registration

To register, log-in to DePaul Handshake at depaul.joinhandshake.com First time using DePaul Handshake? Just use your campus connection ID to access the site and create a short profile!

Mock Interview Registration

Mock Interview Registration - Limited Space!

This additional registration is important to acknowledge your interest and commitment to attending the mock interview. The participating principals are dedicated to providing an opportunity to assist you in improving your interview skills and in turn we ask that you honor this commitment, come early to the event, and prepare by reviewing interview questions and dressing appropriately.

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Registration Process:

Keynote Speaker: LeeAndra Khan

LeeAndra Khan was recently appointed as the principal of Gwendolyn Brooks Middle School in Oak Park, IL. Prior to joining Brooks, Khan served as the principal of Bronzeville Scholastic Institute in Chicago for three years. She was an interim principal and assistant principal at King College Prep High School for four years. She was also a math teacher at Whitney Young Magnet School for two years and at George Henry Corliss High School for a year. Before embarking on a career in education, LeeAndra spent 10 years working as a civil/design engineer in several of Chicago’s top engineering firms, including Parsons Brinckerhoff, A. Epstein & Sons and Patrick Engineering.

LeeAndra holds a Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Illinois and Master’s degrees in Math and Secondary Education as well as Educational Leadership from Concordia University Chicago. She also received her superintendent endorsement in Education Leadership from Abilene Christian University in Texas.


9:30 a.m. Student Registration and Guest Principals/Educators check-in
10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Welcome and Keynote Presentation
11:00 a.m. – 11:40 a.m. Roundtable Discussions
Walk-up Resume Critiques and Information Tables
Mock-Interview #1 (Pre-Registered only)
11:45 a.m. – 12:25 p.m. Continue Roundtable Discussions
Mock-Interview #2 (Pre-Registered only)
Continue walk-up resume and information tables
12:30 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. Open Networking opportunity with all principals and student teachers, and other educators
1:00 p.m. Final closing remarks and conclusion of event

Roundtable Discussion Topics

The following educators will be discussing the topics below during roundtable discussions. All participants are encouraged to circulate all of the tables to gather information, ask questions, and share experiences with each guest presenter.

  1. Breaking Into Urban and Suburban Schools: Best Practices for Job Searching
    Guest Presenters:
    Benjamin Churchill, Chief Academic Officer, Community Unit School District 300
    Dr. Christine Igoe, Assistant Superintendent for Student Services, Naperville School District 203
    Rohit Paul, Manager, Talent Acquisition Office, Chicago Public Schools
  2. Breaking It Down – Perspectives in Effective Inclusion and Differentiation
    Guest Presenters:
    Eileen Flanagan, Special Education Teacher, Elm Middle School
    Natalie Swiatek, 2nd Grade Teacher, Springfield Elementary School
  3. Building Collaborative Relationships with Principals
    Guest Presenters:
    Margaret Burns, Assistant Principal, Bernard Elementary School
    Amy Klimowski, Assistant Principal, Burr Elementary School
  4. Crash Course in Classroom Management
    Guest Presenters:
    Graham Kwiatkowski, Social Studies Teacher, Curie Metro High School
    Emily Nuttall, Third Grade Teacher, Miles Davis Magnet Academy
  5. Incorporating Social and Emotional Strategies into Teaching
    Guest Presenter:
    Scott Conklin, Counselor, Private Practice and former School Counselor, Alphonsus Academy
  6. Perspectives of Accountability – Exploring Teacher Evaluations and Best Practices in Teacher Effectiveness
    Guest Presenters:
    Dr. Jon Bartelt, Superintendent, Bloomingdale School District 13
    Dr. Kathleen Porreca, Principal, Elm Middle School
    Giffen Trotter, Principal, Hester Junior High
  7. State Assessments and Student Learning
    Guest Presenters:
    Eric Fay, Assistant Principal, Jones College Prep
    Amanda Malsch, Assistant Principal, Prescott Elementary School
  8. Success and Survival – Tips for a First Year Teacher
    Guest Presenters:
    Jenna Forton, Middle School Teacher, Ravenswood Elementary School
    Elizabeth Pedziwiatr, Social Studies Teacher, Lindblom Math and Science Academy
    Pat Woyna, Secondary English Teacher, Lisle High School
  9. Technology and Innovation – From Flipped Classrooms and Beyond
    Guest Presenters:
    Michael Johnson, Instructional Technology Coach, Bryan Middle School
    Ryan Maggid, Social Studies Teacher, Jones College Prep
  10. The Case of Common Core – New Strategies for Engagement
    Guest Presenters:
    Bob Wysocki, English Teacher, Glenbrook South High School
    Daniel Zimmerman, Principal, Foreman High School

New Additions! Tech Corner and Primary Sources Corner

Visit a new component of the Teacher’s Forum which introduces a “show and tell” of technology resources that are integrated into instruction. Guest presenters will share best practices and key tips regarding how to use technology effectively in a classroom.

Guest Presenter:
Amanda Pelsor, Coach, Lincoln Elementary School

Following the lead of “Tech Corner,” the Primary Sources corner will provide an opportunity to dive deeper into learning about resources that can help you integrate primary sources in your instruction.

Guest Presenter:
John Gieger, Library Resources Coordinator, DePaul University

Mock-Interview Principals

The following administrators will be participating as mock-interviewers for registered students as well as joining the open networking portion of the Teacher’s Forum to meet all students and alumni attending the event:

  • Daniel Bennett, Principal, St. Sylvester School
  • Sean Byrne, Department Chair, Glenbard West High School
  • Nick Colletti, Assistant Principal, De LaSalle Institute
  • Scott Engstrom, Social Sciences Department Chair, Curie Metro High School
  • Danielle Kelly, Principal, Francis Xavier Warde School
  • Luke Livingston, Diverse Learner Specialist, CPS Northwest Network
  • Kevin McCann, Former Principal, Jamieson Elementary School
  • Bryan Quinlan, Assistant Principal, Monroe Elementary School
  • Tom Shields, Humanities Division Coordinator, Batavia High School
  • Jay Alan Smith, Principal, Hyde Park Day School Chicago Campus

Thoughts From the Experts

Please feel free to view the Teacher’s Forum Survey that was presented to all participating educators from the last two years of the forum.

The 2015 Teacher’s Forum survey will be available at the event!

Additional Teacher Preparation Resources

The following checklists and guides were created to provide additional support and preparation as you continue to pursue your career in teaching.

More Information

For more information about the Teacher’s Forum, contact Gina Anselmo, Assistant Director, Career Advisor, DePaul University Career Center, at ganselmo@depaul.edu or (773) 325-7431.

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