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Education Faculty

Joy Towner
Dr. Joy Towner
Department Chair
847-628-1088 or E-mail

Dr. Joy Towner began her professional teaching career in District 205 in Elmhurst, IL, where she served as a classroom teacher and eventually as the building reading specialist. She is also a trained Reading Recovery teacher. More Info

Rani Mathai
Dr. Rani Mathai
847-628-1084 or E-mail

Dr. Rani Mathai is an associate professor in Education/Science, teaching courses in Education and Earth Sciences. She comes to Judson with almost twenty years of teaching experience in public schools, community college systems and colleges in the US and abroad. More Info

Keith Drew
Dr. Keith Drew
Director, Certifcate-Only
847-628-1082 or E-mail

After graduating from Judson, Keith taught for 10 1/2 years in public and private schools, including 3 1/2 years in Illinois, 1 year in Colorado, 3 years in his home state of Michigan, and 3 years in Puerto Rico. More Info

Mellissa Gyimah-Concepcion
Dr. Mellissa Gyimah-Concepcion

Dr. Mellissa Gyimah-Concepcion began her professional career as an English teacher in Dover, UK. A recent graduate of UIC's Literacy Language, and Culture doctoral program, Dr. Gyimah-Concepcion loves learning about people and their unique backgrounds, how they experience life and the ways in which they learn. She loves beating her husband in board games, bicycling in forest preserves, and eating dark chocolate. Her research interests include dialogic literacy experiences, critical literacy, positioning theory, and culturally sustaining pedagogy.

Kristen Stombres
Kristen Stombres
847-628-1083 or E-mail

Professor Kristen Stombres is a Judson graduate. She began teaching in District 300, Carpentersville in 1st and 5th grades. Kristen returned to the Judson Teacher Education program when it had only been on campus for two years in 1985. More Info

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