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Sherri Bressman, Ed.D.


Assistant Director of Teacher Preparation
Associate Professor,
Early Childhood Education and Elementary Education

Programs/Classes Taught:

Current Teaching Includes:

Subsequent Teaching Endorsement Portfolio Course: ECE/ELE/MGE/SEC/SPE 569
ECE575: Early Childhood Subsequent Endorsement Practicum
ELE575: Elementary Subsequent Endorsement Practicum
ELE500: Practicum I
ELE510: Practicum II
ELE590: Student Teaching Seminar

Areas of Expertise:

Instructional Design and Practice, Classroom Management and Student Engagement. Additional areas include: Gifted Education, Enrichment and Differentiation of Instruction.


Dr. Bressman has taught at NLU since 1988.  Prior to teaching preservice Teacher Education in the College of Education, she was a classroom teacher, assistant principal and Gifted Education coordinator in a public school system in Illinois. Her background in teaching taught her the importance of seeing the talents that all students bring to the classroom and to understand how to tailor education to meet the needs of all learners. She enjoys sharing her passion for and learning with her own teacher candidates.

Dr. Bressman’s current research interests revolve around the important work of mentoring teachers, both those new to the profession as well as experienced classroom educators. She believes that supporting teachers, one- to-one, helps promote a quality-driven approach to teacher growth and development.  Her mission is to inspire great teaching through an ongoing approach to mentoring teachers throughout their professional lives.

A recent grant received: Pathways to Excellence in Early Childhood Education

A 2014 grant awarded by the Illinois Board of Higher Education as part of the federal Race to the Top initiative. The grant is a partnership arrangement with Triton Community College and will work to provide pathways to Early Childhood licensure for community college students transitioning to four-year BA degree status.




Ed.D. National-Louis University   1993 Instructional Leadership
M.S.Ed. National-Louis University   1984  Administration and Supervision
B.S. University of Illinois, Urbana   1978  Elementary Education

Research and Interests:

Dr. Bressman enjoys researching and writing for publication.   She especially enjoys the professional relationships formed with her NLU/NCE colleagues when collaborating around research interests.

Recent Publications

Efron, S, Winter, J. & Bressman, S. (2017) Mentoring Across Cultures: Relationships That Inspire Professional Growth. In  Kent, A.M., & Green, A.M. (Eds.). Across the Domains: Examining Best Practices in Mentoring Public School Educators, (pages ). Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing.

Bressman, S., Keneman, A., Lems, K., Stegemoller, J., Olson, M. A., & Rinchiuso, M. (2017). Tranfer Pathways Beyond Articulation: A Partnership Initiative between National Louis University and Triton Community College. In Darragh, J., Holt, J. & Latham.N. Voices from the Field.  Illinois Research Council. Edwardsville, Illinois.

Efron, S, Winter, J. & Bressman, S. (2013). Toward a More Effective Mentoring Model: An Innovative Program of Collaboration. Journal of Jewish Education, 78(4), 331-361.

Current Research 

A study on “Next Generation Mentoring:  Supporting Teachers Beyond Induction” is in progress. Dr. Bressman hopes that her work in this area will help schools think about the ways that they continue to mentor teachers for growth and retention.

Contact Information:

Sherri Bressman
NLU North Shore, Suite 434
5202 Old Orchard, Skokie Il, 60077


    NLU’s Chicago campus on South Michigan Avenue occupies five floors of the historic Peoples Gas Building. This landmark building, across the street from the Art Institute of Chicago and Grant Park, is easily accessible by train, bus and car and is surrounded by restaurants, parking lots/garages and shops.

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    Chicago, IL 60603
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    Opened in the summer of 2006, NLU North Shore at Skokie is a state-of-the-art modern campus located just off the Edens Expressway near the Old Orchard Shopping Center. The campus includes 44 wireless classrooms equipped with high-tech media equipment; four computer labs with high-speed Internet access, including a walk-in lab in the library; six conference rooms; a public café for beverages and snacks; a student welcome center; a library for research and study; and multiple, comfortable student lounge areas.

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    Skokie, IL 60077
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    Located just minutes from the East-West Tollway (I-88), NLU Lisle features 42 wireless classrooms equipped with high-tech media equipment; four computer labs with high-speed Internet access, including a separate walk-in lab in the library; a café for beverages and snacks; a student welcome center; a library for research and study; conference rooms; and six comfortable student lounge areas with wireless access.

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    Located in one of Chicago's major northwest suburbs, the newly renovated NLU Wheeling includes 20 classrooms with high-tech media equipment, four conference rooms, four computer labs with high-speed Internet access, large student lounge areas with wireless capabilities and interactive video capabilities, and an extensive research library. The site also houses the university library research collection.

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