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Concordia-Chicago alumna named Illinois Outstanding Beginning Teacher


Stephanie Coil, a 2016 graduate of Concordia University Chicago, was recognized as one of eight first-year teachers selected as Illinois Outstanding Beginning Teachers. The awards are presented by the Illinois Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (IACTE). Coil received her award from IACTE board member Dr. Barbara O’Donnell at the organization’s Legislative Reception in Springfield, IL.

Coil, who earned a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education at Concordia-Chicago, is now a second-grade teacher at Neubert Elementary School in Algonquin, IL. She was nominated by Dr. Benjamin Boche on behalf of Concordia University Chicago.

“Stephanie makes it a priority to reach every student in her classroom by forming personal relationships to really understand their personalities, who they are as individuals and, most importantly, as learners,” said Boche, assistant professor of education at Concordia-Chicago, who observed Coil during her first year of teaching. “Stephanie cares deeply about her students and the teaching profession by making sure she engages in ongoing professional development to be the best teacher she can be, now and for years to come.”

The College of Education at Concordia University Chicago offers highly regarded programs leading to teacher licensure and is accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Educator Preparation (formerly NCATE) and the Illinois State Board of Education. CUC’s education programs prepare teachers, school leaders, school counselors and directors of Christian education (DCE) at the graduate and undergraduate levels.