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Early Childhood Education Program

Early Childhood Education Faculty

Leadership

Neal A. Green

Neal A. Green
  • Interim Program Director
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Neal A. Green

Neal A. Green

  • Interim Program Director
Neal Green is a lecturer in the School of Education at Kendall College. Green joined the faculty in 2010 after 15 years of experience teaching elementary and middle school students in Maryland and Illinois. He has been nominated at Kendall College by students and colleagues for, “Excellence in Teaching,” “Outstanding Student Commitment,” and the “Faculty Award for Student Commitment.” He leads many courses, but his main area of focus is multiculturalism and diversity. In addition to teaching assignments, he works closely with education students seeking licensure, writes curriculum, and serves on many committees. His educational background includes a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice from West Liberty State College in West Virginia, a Master of Arts in Teaching from Goucher College in Maryland, and he is currently working toward his Ph.D. in Professional Studies in Education from Capella University. Some of Neal’s research interests include diversity, retention, adult learning, curriculum and instruction. Neal.Green@kendall.edu

Instructors

 

Mindy Fiala-Leaven

Mindy Fiala-Leaven

  • Lecturer
Mindy Fiala-Leaven has worked in education for 10 years. Her work in education began in the high school setting where she helped to develop drop-out prevention and online learning programs.  Mindy started at Kendall College in 2011 as the Early Childhood Education program’s Clinical Practice Coordinator.  In 2012, she moved into the Office of Academic Advising and was the lead advisor for the ECE program until 2016. In November 2016, Mindy moved into her current role as Lecturer and Licensure Officer for the School of Education.  She focuses mainly on introductory coursework, helping students to become acquainted with and accustomed to the online learning environment.  Mindy holds a Bachelor’s degree in Technical Theatre and Studio Art from Cornell College and a Master’s degree in Academic Advising and Student Affairs from Kansas State University. Her work in online course development, instruction in the online environment, and her experience in completing her Master’s degree in the online setting allows her to both understand the difficulties and appreciate the benefits of online learning. mindy.fiala@kendall.edu
 

Alice Jackson

Alice Jackson

  • Assistant Professor
Alice Jackson has been an educator for 40 years. Her most rewarding years in education took place in Chicago’s Albany Park instructing children and assisting families. Alice holds a Bachelor’s degree in Education, a Master’s degree from North Park University in Educational Leadership, and a Master’s degree from Concordia University Chicago, in School Leadership. Alice has Type 03, 04, and 75 State of Illinois licenses. She is currently a candidate for the Doctoral Degree in Early Childhood Education at Concordia University Chicago. Alice.Jackson@kendall.edu
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