Personnel Changes In The College of Education
I am pleased to announce that over the summer the College of Education moved forward with three significant changes to its student support personnel responsible for service to students. These changes will improve the quality of our student services and position the college for continued enrollment growth in the near future.
On August 15, Alejandro Ramirez began work in the college as an advisor and administrator in support of students in our departments of Counseling and Human Services and Language and Leadership. Alejandro is a Chicago native from Brighton Park, located on the southwest side of the city. After high school, he moved to DeKalb, Illinois where he attended Northern Illinois University, graduating in 2017 with a BA degree in Foreign Language Spanish. Currently, Alejandro is a graduate student at NIU seeking a degree in Higher Education Student Affairs; he will conclude his program this upcoming December. Consistent with Roosevelt’s mission, Alejandro believes that education should provide an inclusive, just, and engaging experience for students from all backgrounds, thereby enabling institutions of higher education to serve as catalysts for student and community success.
Also this summer, Lilibeth Castillo was promoted to the position of Assistant Dean of Student Support. Lily has been a vital part of the College of Education since 2013, serving as a professional advisor to students throughout the college, but especially in our Department of Teacher Preparation. This summer, Lily was instrumental in the admission and enrollment of two new cohorts of undergraduate students: our “teacher residency” students who are currently employed in the Chicago Public Schools and our Chicago Early Learning Workforce Scholarship students who have signed a commitment to work as early childhood educators in the city of Chicago upon their graduation. This promotion recognizes Lily’s outstanding work this summer and over the last several years and also her new responsibilities of Licensure Officer and leader of student support services in the college.
Finally, John MacDougall has completed his transition into the new role of Director of Clinical Experiences and Assessment. John is now our point person for pre-clinical and clinical placements in the Department of Teacher Preparation and supports the development of strong partnerships with schools and districts that provide placements for teacher preparation students. While placement of teacher candidates for field experiences and practice teaching is his number one priority, John will continue to maintain and develop the assessment system for teacher preparation and will collect and report the assessment data that is needed for state approval and continuous improvement.
Please join me in welcoming Alejandro to our college and congratulating all three of these outstanding individuals on their new roles and responsibilities.