Inquiry Magazine Northwestern School of Education and Social Policy

FALL 2013

Loeschner Lecture Series Inspires Leadership
Dean Penelope Peterson, Ray Loeschner, Amy Keane

Teach for America founder Wendy Kopp delivered the inaugural Ray and Nancy Loeschner Lecture on Leadership in April. A gift from Ray Loeschner (MA57) of Grand Rapids, Michigan, established the lecture series with the goal of inspiring students to become leaders in their chosen fields of endeavor.

Loeschner is the former president of Olivet College and a leader in higher education who received his PhD from Northwestern in 1962. “Developing leadership in all walks of life is what Northwestern does best,” says Loeschner, shown at left with Dean Penelope Peterson and daughter Amy Keane.

Scott Galson (MS06) Wins Golden Apple Award

Scott Galson (MS06) Wins Golden Apple Award

Scott Galson (MS06), a mathematics teacher at Walter Payton College Prep High School in Chicago, won a 2013 Golden Apple Award for Teacher Excellence. Only 10 teachers in the Chicago area are honored with Golden Apple Awards annually.

“I love teaching,” he declared on May 1 when representatives from the Golden Apple Foundation burst into his classroom to surprise him with the award. Galson was selected from a pool of 510 nominees throughout the Chicago area. In 2009 Galson won the Siemens Award for Advanced Placement as the top AP teacher in Illinois.

Gift from Kristen Hertel (BS86) Extends Project Excite to High School

Gift from Kristen Hertel (BS86) Extends Project Excite to High School

The Project Excite program provides enrichment to gifted Evanston minority students from third to eighth grade. With a new gift from Kristen Hertel (BS86), now Project Excite will have an academic adviser at Evanston Township High School to continue supporting the learning of these talented students.

“They don’t stop needing help and encouragement,” says Hertel, a member of the SESP board of advisers. “We’re trying to make a difference one kid at a time.”

Kristen Hertel talks with Project Excite students Randy Foreman, Sarah Williams, Clayton Daniels and Larenz Brown outside Evanston Township High School.

Paul Heimerdinger

Paul Heimerdinger (MA76) Coaches Teachers in South Africa

Paul Heimerdinger (MA76, far left), a science teacher at Iolani School in Honolulu for 25 years, has traveled to South Africa four times to volunteer at rural schools. His work on teacher professional development is through Teachers without Borders and Teachers across Borders. Last year Heimerdinger worked with more than 200 science and mathematics colleagues in South Africa and Swaziland, impacting more than 40,000 students.