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Nancy Naughten


Middle Grades Education Program
School of Teacher Preparation
National College of Education

Programs/Classes Taught:

Middle Level:  An Overview
Middle Level Curriculum
Elementary Education Practicums and Student Teaching Seminars

Areas of Expertise:

Middle Grades Education
Online Teaching and Learning:  Quality Matters Distinctions
Curriculum Development
Teaming in Middle Schools
Reading and Writing in the Middle School
Schools to Watch Coach


Nancy Naughten was an educator for more than twenty years in both elementary and middle schools before accepting a position as an instructor at National Louis University in 2003.   Her passion is creating curriculum that engages and motivates students to want to learn.  In her first teaching position, she was a primary reading teacher.  In order to learn more ways to meet the needs of her young readers, Nancy earned her first Master’s degree in Reading at Roosevelt University. 

After ten years in this position, Nancy accepted a position as an instructional specialist and reading coordinator in Glenview District 34 where she worked for twelve years.  In this position she developed a true understanding of the unique educational opportunities that were necessary for teachers to provide to reach and teach young adolescents.

Springman Middle School changed from being a Junior High to a true middle school while she was working there.  Springman is now a Horizon Award Middle School and an example for all schools in the area.  This was a pivotal time in Nancy’s career which prompted her to earn a Master’s degree in Middle Level Education at National Louis University.  Since working at National Louis, she has earned another Master’s degree as an Educational Specialist. 

Nancy wrote two of the Middle Level endorsement courses for online learning which were later approved as Quality Matters Courses.  Hundreds of our NLU students have earned their middle school endorsement in these courses. 

Nancy enjoys teaching for so many reasons.  Mostly she enjoys working with energetic new teachers and those who are coming back for the Middle School Endorsement. She agrees with Parker Palmer, author of The Courage to Teach, “After three decades of trying to learn my craft, every class comes down to this: my students and I, face to face, (or online) engaged in an ancient and exacting exchange called education. P.10” Every student and every class is unique and she tries to make sure each student experiences success while learning to meet the unique needs of young adolescents in the middle grades.

Nancy is an evaluator for the Schools to Watch Program.  She has presented at many conferences including the Association of Illinois Middle Schools, Association of Middle Level Education and the International Reading Conference. Her research interests are curriculum development, 21st Century Skills, online learning and teaching, and the use of technology in the schools. 


Ed.S  National Louis University (Educational Specialist)
C.A.S.  National Louis University (Middle Level Education)
M.S.  Roosevelt University (Reading Specialist)
B.S.  Northern Illinois University (Elementary Education)

Research and Interests:

Curriculum development
Future Ready Skills
21st Century Skills

Contact Information:

Nancy Naughten
1000 Capitol Drive
Wheeling, Illinois


    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.

    122 S. Michigan Avenue
    Chicago, IL 60603
    (888) 658.8632
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    Conveniently located in a fast-growing business district off I-90 and Route 31, NLU Elgin features 10 classrooms with high-tech media equipment; a computer lab with high-speed Internet access; two conference rooms; and comfortable student lounges. Parking is free at this recently remodeled and upgraded teaching site, which now includes wireless Internet access.

    620 Tollgate Road
    Elgin, IL 60123
    (888) 658.8632
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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.

    5202 Old Orchard Road
    Skokie, IL 60077
    (888) 658.8632
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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.

    850 Warrenville Road
    Lisle, IL 60532
    (888) 658.8632
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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.

    1000 Capitol Drive
    Wheeling, IL 60090
    (888) 658.8632
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    Established in 1988 and located in one of Tampa's major business districts, NLU's Florida Regional Center serves students in 13 counties in central Florida. In addition to its classrooms, the National Louis University Tampa Regional Center features a computer lab, student lounges, and conference room.

    5110 Sunforest Drive, Suite 102
    Tampa, FL 33634
    (800) 366.6581
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