Inspiring future educators

Jerry Barrio

Gerardo (Jerry) Barrio ’98, MS Ed ’00, stresses a team atmosphere to his students. These collaborative efforts have left a lasting impression on his students, who recently nominated him for the Illinois State Board of Education’s (ISBE) Teacher of the Year.

The College of Education (COE) at Illinois State University is launching a new teacher education pathway in partnership with five local community colleges

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Community Partner Pathway is a partnership between Illinois State University and five central Illinois community colleges including Carl Sandburg College, Heartland Community College, Illinois Central College, Illinois Valley Community College, and Spoon River College. The six higher education institutions will work in collaboration on this degree and licensure program that will prepare working professionals to teach elementary education with an English as a Second Language endorsement in their home communities.

COE Scholarship Spotlight

Emily Bennett

A first-generation college student, Emily Bennett understands the value of a dollar as well as the importance of a quality education. Bennett is a junior majoring in special education – learning and behavior with an endorsement in early childhood education. She also serves as the Best Buddies chapter president at Illinois State University. Originally from