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Dr. Deborah O'Connor


Professor Emeritus
Teacher Preparation School
Undergraduate Elementary Education

Programs/Classes Taught:

B.A. Elementary Education Program

ELE 300 Pracitucm I Seminar and Field Experience
ELE 210 History and Philosphy of Education
ELE 410 Elementary Education Practicum II Seminar
ELE 415 Elemetary Education Practicum III Field Experience
ELE 420 Elementary Education Practicum III Seminar
ELE 425 Elementary Education Practicum III Field Experience
ELE 470 Elementary Edcuation Student Teaching
MHE 480A Method of Teaching Mathematics

Areas of Expertise:

Culturally Responsive Pedagogy, Lesson Planning, Differentiated Instruction, Classroom Management, Assessment, Partnerships with Elementary Schools, Mathematics.


Dr. Deborah O'Connor joined the faculty of the undergraduate elementary education program at National Louis University in 1996. Currently, with 30 plus years in the field of education, Dr. O'Connor brings rich experience in the area of instructing preservice teacher, culturally responsive pedagogy and mathematics.  She began her career as a mathematics teacher in an urban Chicago high school, which led to the opportunity to help write math curriculum designed to meet the initial NCTM standards. Later Dr. O'Connor provided professional development for Chicago area private schools in math.  The professional development spanned the actual writing of the curriculum as well as direct classroom instructional support for teachers.  Her work with culturally responsive pedagogy has been grounded in the realm of teacher preparation, beginning with a collaboration between Carpentersville District 300, McHenry County College and National-Louis University. She has continued to focus on working collaboratively with other school districts and building partnerships. Additionally, Dr. O'Connor has spent the last 19 years teaching in higher education working with elementary education preservice teachers at the undergraduate level, redesigning curriculum, serving as grant project manager, and analyzing effective instruction and assessment practices.  Her research has focused on identifying and deepening culturally responsive classroom practice.


2011 Ed.D Educational Leadership National Louis University- National College of Education
2000 C.A.S Educational Leadership National Louis University- National College of Education
1985 M.ED. Curriculum and Instruction Loyola Universitey of Chicago
1978 B.A. Mathematics with a Teaching Certificate in Secondary Education

Research and Interests:

Research and Interest

Sustainable Partnerships with Elementary Schools
Professional Development in Mathematics- specifically Guided Math
Professional Development in Culturally Responsive Pedagogy
ImproveTeacher Preparation in the area of Literacy, Math, Sciecne and Culturally Responsive Pedagogy




Contact Information:

Dr. Deborah O'Connor

p/F  847-905-8028


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