Taking Care of Our World

The Student Education Association (SEA) and Kappa Delta Pi Honor Society (KDP) are hosting an event the weekend before Earth Day on Saturday, April 13th, from 9:00am-12:00pm.  This event is part of a grant awarded to the SEA from the Illinois Education Association (IEA).  We will be beautifying Smith Park in Chicago Heights (1435 Scott Avenue).  During the event, volunteers will have the opportunity to plant trees, bushes, flowers, as well as pull weeds and clean up trash in order to beautify Smith Park.  This will be a great event that helps the Chicago Heights community and the Earth alike!

All are welcome to attend the event – GSU faculty and students, friends, family, and members of the community. RSVP required.  For further questions and to RSVP email Aimee York aminette@student.govst.edu.

Written by Keelin Crotty.

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S2S Conference Success!

The Student Education Association (SEA) and Dr. Katy Hisrich’s EDEC 4570 Literacy Methods class participated in the S2S Conference on March 1st, 2019 at Governors State University.  This conference was offered to local high school students in the Crete-Monee area.  The high school students attended presentations given by GSU students. The presentations informed high school students on what to look forward to in college, helpful tips on how to be successful in college, and what they can prepare for currently in order to have a smoother transition from high school to college.

Katie Zalkowski and Keelin Crotty (SEA student leaders) presented “What’s Next?” along with EDEC students Tamara Coleman, Andrea Ivy, and Yasmin Ramos.  Karli Olszowka (EDEC student), Jaclyn Lukjanowicz (EDEC student), Amane Sbitan (EDEC student), Kia Taylor (student/ SEA leader), and Claudia Musa (EDEC student) presented “Navigating College and College Expectations.”  “Money, Money, Money” was presented by Guadalupe Mercado (EDEC student), Eman Ashkar (EDEC student), and Jamileh Shuaibi (EDEC student).  Lastly, Aimee York (student/ SEA leader), Hailey Czerwinski (student/ SEA leader), and Caitlin Kidd (EDEC student) presented “Campus Engagement and Involvement.”

The high schoolers left with an abundance of helpful tips, strategies, and advice that will benefit their future college careers.

Written by Keelin Crotty

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SPOTLIGHT – Kaitlyn Zalkowski

Welcome to the ninth “spotlight” blog post featuring one of the student leaders of SEA & KDP at Governors State University!

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KAITLYN ZALKOWSKI
Newest SEA Leader

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Kaitlyn Zalkowski is a 21 year old student in the Elementary Education program with a specialization in Math at Governors State University. She aspires to teach 2nd, 3rd, or 4th grade when she graduates with her bachelors degree. 

Some of her fondest memories at GSU were when she became a leader of SEA and bonded with the other leaders at the IEA 2019 student conference. Kaitlyn would consider making the Dean’s list every semester that she’s been in college to be her biggest accomplishment.

In her free time, Kaitlyn loves to make crafts, like paintings and drawings, and going to concerts, which she does several times a year. In addition, she truly enjoys outdoor activities like hiking and camping. She would highly recommend that people horseback ride either in the Rocky or Smoky Mountains National Park, both of which she has experienced already. Kaitlyn has trouble describing in words how beautiful the scenery and overall experience was for her.

While at home, Kaitlyn enjoys watching several of her favorite TV-shows including One Tree HillF.R.I.E.N.D.S, and This Is Us. She has way too many favorite movies and struggles to select just one. Some of her favorite foods are pizza, chicken, and tacos. She loves the smell of food and her house. Kaitlyn’s mom uses the best candles and matches the scents to the season! 

If Kaitlyn had to choose something she couldn’t live without, it would have to be her family and boyfriend. They motivate and support her in anything she decides to pursue. She can’t imagine how her life would have turned out without them. The person that Kaitlyn looks up to the most is her mother who she considers to be the strongest person she knows. Kaitlyn’s mom always motivates her to be a better person and encourages her to always do the right thing. 

Currently, Kaitlyn is a front desk worker at Planet Fitness. If she was ever given the chance to pursue an office job, Kaitlyn would be bored out of her mind just sitting around. She’d be too antsy! A movie title that best describes Kaitlyn’s life would be Say Anything because she believes that people should feel free to say what’s on their mind and express their emotions. Kaitlyn tries to live by one of her favorite quotes, “She was unstoppable not because she did not have failures or doubts, but because she continues on despite them” – Beau Taplin.

In the next few months, Kaitlyn is looking forward to going to Florida. She’ll be visiting Disney World for the first time and reconnecting with her sister who she hasn’t seen for months. While in Florida, Kaitlyn is also excited to try fishing from an actual boat. She’s fished only offshore before. In the next 10 years, Kaitlyn is looking forward to graduating, becoming a teacher, moving in with her boyfriend, and getting married. Kaitlyn hopes that people will remember her as a kind and loyal person and that she makes a difference in peoples’ lives.

If you have any questions to ask Kaitlyn or would simply like to share your thoughts, please use the comment section below. Thank you!

Information Provided by Kaitlyn Zalkowski
Spotlight Post Written by Sireen Hamarshah

SPOTLIGHT – Kia Taylor

Welcome to the eighth “spotlight” blog post featuring one of the student leaders of SEA at Governors State University!

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KIA TAYLOR
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Kia Taylor

Kia Taylor is a 22 year old student in the Early Childhood Education program with an endorsement in ELL at Governors State University. She aspires to teach Kindergarten, 1st, or 2nd grade when she graduates with her bachelors degree. 

Her fondest memory at GSU is meeting new friends and getting closer to them every semester. Certainly, she’s made some lifelong friends throughout her time at college. In addition, she really enjoys her leadership experience and involvement in Student Education Association (SEA). Kia would consider her graduating and earning her first college degree in December 2019 to be her biggest accomplishment!

In her free time, Kia loves doing makeup/beauty and reading. In addition, she’s devoted to fitness and tries her hardest to live a healthy lifestyle. She would highly recommend that people try eating chocolate covered crickets. She assures that they are low in calories and very crunchy! 

While at home, Kia enjoys watching post-apocalyptic/Sci-Fi TV-shows. Some of her favorite TV-shows include The Walking Dead, Rick and Mortyand Law and Order: SUV. Her favorite movies would have to be Wanted, Spirited Away, and anything by Marvel. She enjoys eating sushi and any breakfast food. She loves the smell of eucalyptus and mint.

If Kia had to choose something she couldn’t live without, it would have to be her planner. It’s the one and only tool that helps keep her life organized. A movie title that best describes Kia’s life would be Pursuit of Happiness. She tries to live by one of her favorite quotes, “When they go low, we go high.” – Michelle Obama. 

Currently, Kia is working as a substitute teacher for a Charter School Network in the South/West side of Chicago. If she was ever given the chance to pursue any job as a politician, Kia probably wouldn’t last very long because she’s really bad at lying and pretending that she likes people when she doesn’t. She knows that she would only speak the truth which would make a lot of people upset with her! 

The person that Kia looks up to the most is her mother. In fact, she would consider her mom to be her role model because she’s the strongest person Kia knows. She taught Kia how to be independent and nurturing, both of which are invaluable skills. Sometime in the future, she would love to go camping at a national park with hot springs. She’s never been to a big national park and it’s been on her travel list for some time.

In the next few months, Kia is looking forward to going to China for a week and a half in May on a study abroad trip. In the next 10 years, Kia is looking forward to starting her career, getting her masters degree and perhaps beginning a PhD, getting married, starting a family, and adopting more pets. She wants to be remembered for her kindness and passion for education. In addition, she wants to be known as the educator who made a difference and evoked change in her community and country. 

If you have any questions to ask Kia or would simply like to share your thoughts, please use the comment section below. Thank you!

Information Provided by Kia Taylor
Spotlight Post Written by Sireen Hamarshah

SPOTLIGHT – Keelin Crotty

Welcome to the seventh “spotlight” blog post featuring one of the student leaders of SEA & KDP at Governors State University!

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KEELIN CROTTY
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Keelin Crotty

Keelin Crotty is a 21 year old student in the Elementary Education program with a middle school endorsement in Math at Governors State University. She aspires to teach 1st, 2nd, or 3rd grade when she graduates with her bachelors degree. 

Her fondest memory at GSU is joining Student Education Association (SEA), meeting other members, and officially joining the leadership team. Keelin would consider buying her new car at the age of 20 and getting a 4.0 GPA while taking 24 credit hours to be her biggest accomplishment thus far.

In her free time, Keelin loves to make crafts, scrapbook, workout, run, and spend time outside in the sun. She enjoys several outdoor activities including swimming, hiking, and tanning. She would highly recommend that people hike in the Grand Canyon at least once in their lifetime. She believes it to be the most beautiful sight she’s ever seen! In the near future, Keelin desperately wants to go sky diving, preferably sometime before her 22nd birthday!

While at home, Keelin enjoys watching her favorite TV-show It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia. Her favorite movie would have to be Horrible Bosses. Some of her favorite foods are double baked potatoes, steak, and steamed broccoli. She loves the smell of a new box of crayons and tea tree oil.

If Keelin had to choose something she couldn’t live without, it would have to be her dog and family. In fact, the person she looks up to the most in her life is her mom. Her mother has done so much for her and her brothers. Keelin admires how absolutely positive and kind her mother is. A movie title that best describes Keelin’s life would be Trolls because she strives to be as happy and positive as Poppy, the troll. She tries to live by one of her favorite quotes, “She is clothed with strength and dignity and she laughs without fear of the future” – Proverbs 31:25-28.

Currently, Keelin is working as a nanny on days that she’s not attending classes at Governors State University. If she was ever given the chance to pursue a job in an office answering phone calls all day, Keelin probably wouldn’t last very long. She hates sitting still! She would rather have a job that involves movement and in-person communication.  

In the next few months, Keelin is looking forward to going on several of her planned trips to visit friends and work with the students at her lab II clinical experience site. In the next 10 years, Keelin is looking forward to graduating, getting married, traveling, and having kids. She hopes she’ll be remembered for being positive, making people laugh, and for being a happy and friendly person. 

If you have any questions to ask Keelin or would simply like to share your thoughts, please use the comment section below. Thank you!

Information Provided by Keelin Crotty
Spotlight Post Written by Sireen Hamarshah

Literacy Night was Super!

The Student Education Association (SEA) and Kappa Delta Pi Honors Society (KDP) took part in a Literacy Night on Wednesday February 27th, 2019 from 5:30- 7pm at Monee Elementary School- district 201.  The theme for literacy night was “Superheroes.”  Students from Monee Elementary and family members were able to partake in six different activities.  The literacy activities gave students the opportunity to engage in reading and writing in fun ways.  Students left with literacy crafts they made such as superhero masks, comic strips, and decorated cookies.  Volunteers worked with students at each center to ensure they had a positive experience.

The SEA/ KDP committee would like to thank Monee Elementary for allowing us to participate in their Literature Night Event.  We would also like to thank all the pre-service teachers and professors that volunteered for the event.

Written by Keelin Crotty

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Sensational Teacher Conference!

On Friday & Saturday, Feb 8-9, IEA hosted a conference for future teachers in Bloomington, IL. The two-day conference was meant to help attendees prepare for the teaching profession.

SEA/KDP leaders and members attended a multitude of sessions that covered various topics including student teaching, addressing controversial topics in the classroom, integrating the Arts, understanding the basics of a first year teacher’s contract, incorporating movement and brain breaks, student engagement, culturally responsive teaching, social emotional learning, etc. The sessions were led by current teachers and administrators.

In addition to the sessions, attendees had the opportunity to meet and talk with retired teachers from the IEA Retired Mentor Program. Throughout the conference, current education students were able to enter tickets into a raffle to win teacher-supply bundles/prizes donated generously by the retired teachers. IEA members who are graduating in May received their honorary cords.

As always, the IEA Student Conference was very beneficial and succeeded in providing future teachers with useful information and advice. SEA & KDP would like to thank IEA and the IEA officer team for a sensational experience that will truly be unforgettable!

Written by Sireen Hamarshah

For more photos from the IEA Student Conference 2019, click here.

Growing Up Wild Training

The Student Education Association (SEA) and Kappa Delta Pi Honor Society (KDP) hosted the Growing Up Wild training workshop on Monday, February 4th, 2019 from 4:30- 8pm at Governor State University (GSU).  The training workshop was facilitated by GSU’s very own Associate Provost, Dr. Colleen Sexton. The seventeen attendees received the Growing Up Wild book that includes twenty-seven field-tested, hands-on, nature-based activities for children, ages 3-7. Dr. Sexton presented four of the activities from the Growing Up Wild guide and then participants used materials provided to make the activities. The activities were both fun and informative. The future educators who attended this workshop have an amazing science resource they will be able to use in their classrooms.

The leaders of SEA/ KDP would like to thank Dr. Sexton for her time and commitment to making this event a success!

Written by Keelin Crotty

Featured: Dr. Colleen Sexton explaining an activity.    

Featured: attendees working hard on their Project Wild crafts.

See more PLT photos here.

Superhero Literacy Night with Families

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The Student Education Association (SEA) and Kappa Delta Pi Honor Society (KDP) are taking part in a Literacy Night on Wednesday February 27th, 2019 from 5:30- 7pm at Monee Elementary School- district 201.  The theme for the literacy activities for the event is “Superheroes.”  The activities will give students the opportunity to use their reading and writing skills in an engaging and fun way.  Stations that will be set up for the students include: a cupcake station, creating a comic strip, writing a job description of a superhero, creating a book marker, creating your own super hero and writing about the hero using alliteration, etc. 

SEA & KDP are looking for volunteers to help at the event for set up, facilitating an activity table/station, and clean up. GSU students, faculty, and staff are welcome to volunteer.  For further questions and to RSVP, email Aimee York aminette@student.govst.edu.

Written by Keelin Crotty

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IEA Advisory Board Meeting – Lombard, IL

On January 26, 2019, the SEA/KDP leader team including Jessica White, Michelle Westergaard, Aimee York, Hailey Czerwinski, Sireen Hamarshah, Keelin Crotty, Kia Taylor, and Kaitlyn Zalkowski met with all of the other IEA leaders from other universities throughout the state of Illinois in Lombard, IL. There was a panel of three guest teachers, group activities, and important discussions regarding race and diversity in the classroom. Thank you to IEA for hosting a wonderful meeting! We look forward to the IEA conference in February. 

Written by Sireen Hamarshah