The Statewide Standard: Message from the dean

College of Education Dean, Perry L. Schoon celebrates Illinois State Homecoming in 2014 with alums Kristin and Peter RIchey, and Assistant Dean of the College of Education, Ken Fansler.

Within this issue, you will read about four of the more than 50 externally funded grant programs focused on the subjects of urban education, early intervention in special education, diverse cultural and linguistic needs, and educational leadership. You will also read about two alumni who have each been recognized as the best of the best by the state they serve and two dedicated education majors who have “dug deep” to make the most out of their time at Illinois State and ready themselves for the next step in their careers.

Naperville native garners California Teacher of the Year honors

Laughlin and her students work on a reading lesson at Hansen School in Orange County.

The line “I’m moving out to California to establish my career” is not often reserved for new teachers from Illinois. But Naperville native Amy (Brophy) Laughlin ’98 found herself sharing that exact news with her parents after attending the University’s annual education career fair.