Kendall College Welcomes New Faculty to its School of Education

Dr. Maria A. Montalvo and Dr. Joanne Perrault bring added strength to Early Childhood Education program

  Dr. Maria A. Montalvo
  Dr. Joanne Perrault

Chicago—August 27, 2012—Kendall College announces the addition of two new full-time faculty members to its School of Education, Dr. Maria A. Montalvo and Dr. Joanne Perrault. Kendall’s Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Education (ECE) program, offered online and on campus for Illinois Type 04 certification or non-certification, is designed specifically for working adults. As the program continues to grow, Dr. Montalvo and Dr. Perrault will bring a wealth of experience and unique new perspectives to the degree program.

“There is a high demand for early childhood education programs that accommodate adult learners either returning to college, or just beginning their college career, and at Kendall College we aim to provide maximum flexibility to meet their needs,” said Dr. Paul Busceni, dean of the School of Education. “With this demand comes the need for exceptional instructors and curriculum so that we continue to provide students with the knowledge to succeed in their current and future careers. We are excited to welcome both Dr. Montalvo and Dr. Perrault as full-time faculty and know that their previous experience and backgrounds will be a tremendous asset to the program.”

Dr. Montalvo joins Kendall College as a professor of education and director of education grants. She has a diverse teaching background serving various positions from a teacher to principal to district curriculum coordinator. Most recently, she served as interim dean of education and a faculty chair at Colorado Technical University. A native of Cuba, Dr. Montalvo is passionate about issues important to non-English speaking communities and will be an asset to the English as a Second Language (ESL) concentration available within the School of Education. Dr. Montalvo received her Ph.D. from the University of New Mexico.

Dr. Perrault’s career spans 37 years, the last seven of them as an adjunct faculty member. She holds multiple teaching and administrative licenses. Dr. Perrault has won an award for Teaching Women’s History from the Chicago Area Women’s Conference and earned her doctorate from National-Louis University.

Kendall College offers four concentrations within the School of Education, including Childhood Nutrition, ESL, Infants and Toddlers and Special Education.

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About the Kendall College School of Education:
Kendall College, founded in 1934, is located in Chicago, Illinois and is a member of the Laureate International Universities network. Kendall offers undergraduate degrees in business, culinary arts, early childhood education and hospitality management to a diverse and passionate community of more than 2200 students. The Early Childhood Education program in the School of Education is approved by the Illinois State Board of Education for Type 04 Illinois Teacher Certification preparation (birth through Grade 3). The program incorporates current research and theory on how young children learn; this prepares students with the knowledge and skills they need for success in early childhood education careers. Kendall College is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA),; 1-312-263-0456.

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