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Early Childhood Education Program

Early Childhood Education Faculty

Leadership

Dr. Paul T. Busceni

Dr. Paul T. Busceni
  • Dean School of Education
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Dr. Paul T. Busceni

Dr. Paul T. Busceni

  • Dean School of Education
Dr. Paul T. Busceni joined Kendall College as dean of the School of Education in 2007. As both teacher and administrator of K-12 throughout his 16-year career, one of his continued goals has been to inspire teachers and engage learners. Throughout his tenure, Dr. Busceni has been a consistent leader in mobilizing communities in collaborative education improvement initiatives. He has overseen building-based morale initiatives, professional development workshops on teaching pedagogy, educational leadership and curriculum improvement. As a school administrator (K-12) in northern Lake County, he established a new chapter of the National Junior Honor Society (NJHS) and implemented Positive Behavior Intervention Strategies (PBIS) at the middle school level. Dr. Busceni is a prominent speaker and has presented on a range of topics from Effective Leadership in Today’s Schools to Multicultural Education: Meeting the Needs of Students in Higher Education at conferences across the state, including the Archdiocese of Chicago’s Professional Development Convention, the Opening Minds Conference, the Illinois Institute of Art Professional Development Workshop Series and the Illinois Computing Education Annual Conference. He is a member of Kappa Delta Pi (International Honor Society in Education), Association for the Supervision of Curriculum Development (ASCD), National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) and National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). Dr. Busceni graduated from Northern Illinois University in 1991 with a B.S. in Economics. He attended Roosevelt University for graduate school and received an M.A. in 1996 and a doctorate in 2000 in Educational Leadership and Organizational Change. Paul.Busceni@kendall.edu

Instructors

 

Neal A. Green

Neal A. Green

  • Assistant Professor
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
 

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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