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Aleksandra Veselovsky

Title:

Assistant Professor of Secondary Education

Programs/Classes Taught:

Introduction to Teaching at the Secondary Level

Methods for Teaching Mathematics at the Secondary and Middle School Level

Advanced Methods for Teaching Middle Grades Mathematics 

Student Teaching Seminar

The principles that guide my teaching are:

1) Knowledge is acquired and enhanced, not handed down. Whether teaching education or mathematics courses I draw on my students’ experiences and expertise in order to develop them into effective practitioners.

2) Mathematics and teaching problems have multiple entry points and can be solved in a variety of different ways. A deep level of understanding can be reached through analysis of problems.  Having multiple solution methods presents students with an opportunity to engage in making connections which deepens their understanding.

Areas of Expertise:

Mathematics, Bilingual/ESL, Teacher Education

Biography:

Aleksandra Veselovsky is a life-long learner who has been educated in three countries on three different continents. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics, a Master’s degree in Secondary Education with endorsements in Mathematics and ESL & Bilingual Education, and a PhD in Curriculum Studies with a focus on Mathematics Education. Prior to coming to National Louis University, she was a mathematics teacher in a Chicago Public High School, where she served as an Algebra, Geometry, and Algebra 2 instructor, chaired the Bilingual Department, and founded and directed a New Teacher Mentoring and Induction Program. She have also taught at the Chicago Waldorf School, and acted as the Assistant Director of Education at Huntington Learning Center. She is fluent in Russian.

Education:

BA in Mathematics & Quantitative Studies from National Louis University

MAT in Secondary Education from National Louis University

Research and Interests:

Aleksandra Veselovsky’s dissertation examined the work of mathematics teacher educators (MTEs) who teach mathematics content courses to pre-service elementary teachers in different university contexts. Guided by the research literature related to the study of the knowledge base of mathematics teachers and MTE’s and her research data, one of her research outcomes is a framework which examines the forms and sources of their knowledge, including how their knowledge and ideologies are used to develop their goals and inform their practice.  This framework can be applied to the study of teacher educators outside of the discipline of mathematics, and thus can serve as a powerful tool for the professional development of all teacher educators.

Publications:

Veselovsly, A. (2017). Knowledge base of mathematics teacher educators: A goals-knowledge-practice approach. Unpublished dissertation. University of Illinois at Chicago. 

Martin, D. B., & Mironchuk (maiden name of A. Veselovsky), A. (2010). Plan B: If I Knew Then What I Know Now. New England Mathematics Journal42, 20-29. http://files.eric.ed.gov/fulltext/EJ951251.pdf

Contact Information:

Office: Wheeling, 292

Phone:  847-947-5608

Email: aveselovsky@nl.edu

Locations
  • CHICAGO DOWNTOWN CAMPUS

    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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  • ELGIN

    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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  • NORTH SHORE

    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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  • LISLE

    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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  • WHEELING

    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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  • FLORIDA (TAMPA)

    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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