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


Read Across America – March 1, 2019

Please help us celebrate NEA’s Read Across America Day on March 1, 2019!
The purpose of this celebration is to recognize our nation of diverse readers.

Specifically on March 1, please emphasize the importance of reading and literacy in your classroom, library, and school by using a variety of diverse texts exploring different cultures! Give students the opportunity to become more culturally-aware of those around them.

For more information on this event, please click here.
To see the 2018-19 calendar of book recommendations, authors, and teaching resources, please click here.


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


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

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

Bloomington, IL – IEA Student Conference


On February 8 & 9, the Illinois Education Association (IEA) will be hosting it’s annual student conference for educators which will take place at the Doubletree by Hilton in Bloomington, IL. On Friday, Feb 8, the sessions are from 3-9pm. On Saturday, Feb 9, the sessions run from 7:30am-3:30pm.

The registration deadline is Monday, February 4, 2019 which can be completed online. Students will have to pay a small fee. Registering between January 9-31 will cost $15. Depending on whether students are commuting or staying the night in the hotel, the total cost will vary. For a breakdown of the pricing, please click here.

For more information on the various sessions offered, please click here.
To register, please click here.

Official flyer: flyer, student iea conf. feb. 8-9

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Don’t Miss the Registration Deadline!

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Hurry up and register for SEA’s first event of the semester!
The RSVP and payment deadline is January 30 and seats are limited!

On Monday, February 4th from 4:30-8pm, SEA & KDP will be hosting a training workshop in the Literacy Zone called Project Wild.  This training, taught by Dr. Sexton, will provide educators with information and skills to better implement science concepts across other disciplines.  Attendees will receive training certificates and materials after completing the workshop!

A fee of $26 is required to attend the workshop.  The fee will cover the workshop materials and certificate.  Members of SEA/ KDP have priority registration. Educators in the community are encouraged to sign up and can earn CPDUs for attending.

Any questions or to RSVP, please email Aimee York,
For more information, please visit the project wild website here.

Flyer: flyer, Project Wild Workshop 2.4.19 – SEA&KDP, vF

SEA/KDP Newsletter – Spring 2019


Please take the time to check out SEA and KDP’s Spring 2019 newsletter!
On it, you will find detailed information regarding our upcoming events and different ways you can get involved.

This semester, we have several events occurring in February, April, and May.
Show your support by attending and participating with other SEA/KDP members!

You can find the newsletter here: newsletter, spring 2019 – sea & kdp vf 1.21.19

SPOTLIGHT – Aimee York

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

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SEA Media & Public Relations and KDP Social Media & Activities

Aimee Minette (16 of 5)

Aimee York is a 29 year old student in the Early Childhood Education program with an endorsement in ESL at Governors State University. She aspires to teach first grade students when she graduates with her bachelors degree. 

Some of her fondest memories at GSU is when she joined the SEA team and met one of her closest friend. Aimee completed a different degree back in 2014 and considers her decision to return to school, to pursue a degree in a field she’s very passionate about, to be one of her biggest accomplishments. 

In her free time, Aimee loves to read, hang out with her friends and family, travel, and drink wine. She would recommend that people try to do things that are outside of their comfort zones like sky diving or rock climbing. Sometime in the future, Aimee would love to go on a spontaneous road trip because she loves to embark on new adventures. 

While at home, Aimee enjoys watching Vampire Diaries and Big Bang Theory. Her favorite move series would have to be Harry Potter, Divergent, and Twilight. She really enjoys eating sushi and any Mexican or Chinese dish. Some of her favorite scents include fresh cut grass, rain, and lavender.

If Aimee had to choose something she couldn’t live without, it would have to be her husband and family. She truly believes that she would be lost without them. They are her support system, provide her with endless encouragement, and get her through tough times. A movie title that best describes Aimee’s life would be Crazy, Stupid, Love. The crazy is because her life has been crazy with work, family, and school. The stupid is because she loves being silly. The love is because she married her best friend this past August. She lives by one of her favorite quotes, “Happiness can be found, even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light” – J.K. Rowling. 

When she’s not attending class, Aimee’s probably working at her job as an infant teacher at a daycare center. She’s held this position for the last 11 years. If she was ever given the chance to pursue a job as a bartender, Aimee believes she wouldn’t last very long. She doesn’t think she’ll be able to serve drinks very fast or listen to people fighting, perhaps sometimes needing to defuse them. She’s a good listener when people need to talk. But, when it comes to bar brawls and violence, she runs in the other direction.  

The person that Aimee looks up to the most is her mother who was married when she was 18 and started in child care. She is currently the director and owner of a child care center Aimee works at and she has children from the past who still remember who she is and come to visit her. She enjoys what she does and loves each and every child as though they were her own. Her mother’s career inspired Aimee’s passion for working with children as well. 

In the next few months, Aimee is looking forward to going to China to study abroad in May. She hopes this will be an amazing experience that she would have never had on her own. In the next 10 years, Aimee is looking forward to having a career in teaching, having kids, building a house, getting an English bulldog, and making an impact on children’s lives. She aspires to be the teacher that is visited by her former students when they’re older and told that she made a difference in their life.

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

Information Provided by Aimee York
Spotlight Post Written by Sireen Hamarshah