Deborah Stevens, Ph.D.

Deborah StevensChair of Initial Licensure and Professor of Education
School of Education

Office Location: Institute for Collaboration, Room 227
Telephone:  630-844-5425
Fax:  630-844-5530
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My approach to teaching in higher education integrates a set of ideas, beliefs, and values reflecting a passion for and commitment toward expressively and receptively nurturing learning.  All teaching should endorse an environment of respect by promoting individual dignity, embracing diversity in each classroom, nurturing the path toward success, and modeling inspirational and compassionate teaching.

"Our task must be to widen our circle of compassion, to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty."    Albert Einstein

PhD - Loyola University Chicago-Curriculum and Instruction, Reading, Early Childhood and Elementary Education
MA - Governors State University-Reading Elementary Education
BA - Marquette University-Elementary/Secondary Education and Philosophy

Areas of Specialization
Early Childhood Education
Elementary Education

Courses Taught
Methods of Reading and Language Arts in the Elementary School
Content Area Reading and Writing with Social Studies

Highlights of Publications, Honors and Professional Contributions
"Integrating Science, Math and Literacy" presented as professional development (2006)
"Approaches to Content Area Reading K-8" presented as professional development (2008)
"Teaching Children of Poverty" presented as professional development (2007)
"Merit Pay for Teachers" presented at Joint Boards of Education Conference (2007)
"Parent Involvement: Home-School Connection presented for Parent Education Series (2007

Highlights of Campus Involvement
University committee work
STEM grant work - Mathematics committee (K-5)
Resident Professor for Partnership School, Freeman Elementary School