Alumni Honors Gala Honorees: 2016

Meet the outstanding alumni recognized at our 2016 Alumni Honors Gala.

Kathryn Chval

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Kathryn Chval, BA Urban Education ’87 and PhD Curriculum & Instruction ’01, is the Acting Dean of the College of Education and a Professor of Mathematics Education at the University of Missouri.  Previously, Chval was the Acting Section Head for the Teacher Professional Continuum Program at the National Science Foundation (NSF). She spent 12 years at UIC co-directing NSF-funded curriculum and professional development projects after teaching at the elementary level. Her research focuses on effective preparation models and support structures for teachers, effective elementary mathematics teaching of English language learners.

Camille Farrington

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Camille Farrington is a Senior Research Associate at the University of Chicago Consortium on School Research. Her work focuses on adolescent learning and development in urban high schools. Farrington is a national expert on academic mindsets, motivation, and other “noncognitive” factors. She is particularly interested in understanding how learning environments provide opportunities for positive developmental experiences, how young people make sense of their experience in school, and how school structures and teacher practices shape students’ beliefs, behaviors, performance and development.  She draws on fifteen years’ experience as a public high school teacher and National Board Certified Teacher Mentor.  She earned her PhD Policy Studies in Urban Education degree in 2008.

Catherine Main

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Catherine Main is a senior lecturer in the College of Education at the University of Illinois at Chicago and a visiting scholar on the Early Investments Initiative with the Institute of Government and Public Affairs (IGPA) at the University of Illinois.  She earned her MEd Instructional Leadership degree in 1992 and has worked on behalf of young children and their families for more than 25 years. Her work in the College of Education has included innovative and responsive program development and coordination in Early Childhood Education. Main designed and developed a Blended Early Childhood/Early Childhood Special Education program and an Early Childhood Alternative Licensure program.

Carlitta Tucker-Powell

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Carlitta Tucker-Powell, MEd Special Education’06, is the department chair and case manager for the diverse learner department at Gwendolyn Brooks College Prep.  She egan working as a special education teacher with Chicago Public Schools in April 2007  at Morgan Park High School  and then at Lindblom Math & Science Academy in September 2007 to teach in a self contained autism instructional classroom.  She served on the Board of Directors for the National Association for Down Syndrome for five years and as a parent mentor for the Parent Support Program through NADS to assist and guide parents of children with Down syndrome.  Her son, Cameron, is her inspiration as he was born with Down syndrome and was also later diagnosed as having ADHD and autism.