Center for Talent Development

Center for Talent Development

 

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Bauer, Andrew

Online Programs Content Manager, Center for Talent Development


Degrees

Elliott Cady

Cady, Elliott

Manager of Admissions, Assessment and Pathyways Advising, Center for Talent Development


Biography

Elliott Cady is Manager of Admissions, Assessment and Pathways Advising at Center for Talent Development. In addition to his 7 years with CTD, he brings with him 20 years of experience in the American public, international and non-profit education sectors. He completed his undergraduate degrees in economics and Spanish at Northwestern, returned to earn his master’s in education and is thrilled to be back on campus as part of the CTD team.

Degrees

  • BA, Economics and Spanish, Northwestern University
  • MS, Education and Social Policy, Northwestern University, 1997

I can help with:

  • Navigating the admissions processes at CTD and assisting students and families with course selections that best align with their interests and educational needs
Eric Calvert

Calvert, Eric

Associate Director, Center for Talent Development

Instructor, Master of Science in Education


Degrees

  • MSE, Educational Psychology - Gifted Emphasis, Purdue University
  • BSE, Secondary Education, University of Central Missouri
  • EdD, Leadership Studies, Bowling Green State University
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Cichon, Kate

Coordinator of Academic Year Advanced Enrichment Programs, Center for Talent Development


Biography

Kate Cichon has proudly served youth, families and communities around the country since 2000. After moving to Chicago after college, Kate taught reading enrichment classes to students of all ages and trained and supervised new reading teachers. She spent several years developing and coordinating programs for students in grades 6 through 12 and their families at a public charter school on the south side of Chicago. In 2012 Kate joined Northwestern University's Center for Talent Development (CTD) team, where she coordinated summer residential programs for a number of years before moving into the position of Coordinator of Academic Year Advanced Enrichment Programs. Currently, Kate oversees CTD's weekend programming which focuses primarily on students pre-K through 8th grade.

Degrees

  • BA, English, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, 1999
Susan Corwith

Corwith, Susan

Associate Director, Center for Talent Development

Instructor, Master of Science in Education


Degrees

  • PhD, Educational Leadership & Policy Analysis, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2007
  • MS, Curriculum & Instruction, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1997
  • BS, Secondary Education, English, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1994
Linsey Crowninshield

Crowninshield, Linsey

Assistant Coordinator – Team Lead, Civic Education Project, Center for Talent Development


Degrees

  • MS, Human Services Administration, Spertus College
  • BA, Psychology and Education, Ripon College
Beth Dirkes

Dirkes, Beth

Leapfrog Coordinator, Summer Program, Center for Talent Development


Degrees

  • BS, Human Development and Social Policy, Northwestern University, 1985
Ruth Doan

Doan, Ruth

Equinox Coordinator, Summer Program, Center for Talent Development


Degrees

  • MFA, Poetry, Western Michigan University
  • BA, Secondary Education, Western Michigan University
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Dowling, Stephen

Coordinator of Summer Programs, Grades 4-12, Center for Talent Development


Degrees

  • MS, Higher Education Administration & Policy, Northwestern University, 2022
  • MMEd, Music Education, Northwestern University, 2011
  • BA, Music, Kenyon College, 2008

I can help with:

  • Overseeing academic and residential operations for CTD's on-campus summer programs for grades 4-12, which welcome over 1600 students and 300 staff to Evanston every summer.
Michelle Flowers

Flowers, Michelle

Financial Assistant, Center for Talent Development


Degrees

  • AA, Business Administration, Robert Morris College
Suzanne Goebel

Goebel, Suzanne

Assistant Coordinator, Center for Talent Development


Degrees

  • BA Peace, Justice, & Conflict Studies, DePaul University, 2013
Susan Hammerman

Hammerman, Susan

Program Assistant, Center for Talent Development


Degrees

  • Certificate, Chicago School of Violinmaking, 1987
  • BS, Geography, University of Chicago, 1980

I can help with:

  • Answering questions about the Advanced Enrichment program
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Hinshaw, Melissa

Assessment Coordinator


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Danielle Holtz

Holtz, Danielle

Assistant Coordinator for the Center for Talent Development


Degrees

  • BA, Theatre Studies, Kent State University
  • MAT, Elementary Education, Columbia College Chicago
Veronica House

House, Veronica

Program Assistant, Summer Program, Center for Talent Development


Degrees

  • BS, Social Policy, Northwestern University, 2008
Gail Ivanauskas

Ivanauskas, Gail

Senior Financial Administrator, Center for Talent Development


Degrees

  • BS, Finance, Northern Illinois University
  • MBA, Finance, DePaul University
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Kasper, Susan

Program Coordinator, Gifted LearningLinks, Center for Talent Development


Degrees

  • MS, Economics, Northern Illinois University
  • BS, Economics, Northern Illinois University

I can help with:

  • Assisting parents and students in determining the honors and/or AP® courses that best fit the student's needs
Eudald Lerga

Lerga, Eudald

Lead Developer, Center for Talent Development


Degrees

  • MS in Information Technology, Northwestern University, 2018
  • MA, Curatorial and Cultural Practices in Art and New Media, Media Center d'Art i Disseny
  • BA, Political Science, Complutense University
Amy Lindgren

Lindgren, Amy

Assistant Coordinator – Team Lead Academic Year Advanced Enrichment Programs, Center for Talent Development


Degrees

  • BA, Communication, International Business, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
  • MS, Education and Social Policy, Northwestern University

I can help with:

  • Providing instructional coaching and support for our program staff (site coordinators, teachers, and classroom assistants)
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Morrison, Leslie

Coordinator of Summer Programs, PreK - Grade 5, Center for Talent Development 

CTD Enrichment Curriculum Developer


Biography

Leslie Morrison earned her master’s degree in education, with a focus on curriculum and instruction, from the University of Illinois-Chicago. Leslie taught elementary and middle school for several years, and then entered the field of educational publishing, where she designed and wrote curriculum for preschool through grade 8. In 2010, Leslie served as an instructor in the Leapfrog Program at Center for Talent Development. Working with Leapfrog children and families turned her focus to gifted education, and, as Program Coordinator, she has opportunities to apply her background in education to working with students and their families, curriculum development, and program management.

Degrees

  • MEd, Curriculum and Instruction, University of Illinois-Chicago
  • BSEd, Elementary Education, Loyola University
Paula Olszewski-Kubilius

Olszewski-Kubilius, Paula

Professor, Education and Social Policy

Director, Center for Talent Development


Degrees

  • PhD, Educational Psychology, Northwestern University, 1983
  • MA, Educational Psychology, Northwestern University, 1981
  • BA, Elementary Education, St. Xavier University, 1977

Research Interests

Talent development, accelerated educational programs, needs of special populations of gifted children.

MIshal Qureshi

Qureshi, MIshal

Program Assistant, Center for Talent Development


Degrees

  • BA, International Studies, DePaul University, 2015 

I can help with:

  • Providing programmatic, logistical, and front-line communication support to the Center for Talent Development's Civic Education Project, Online Program, and Summer 4 - 12 Program
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Rentfro, Mark

Program Assistant – Admissions, Assessment, and Pathways Advising, Center for Talent Development


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Rhoda Rosen

Rosen, Rhoda

Associate Director, Center for Talent Development


Degrees

  • BA, MA, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg
  • PhD, University of Illinois at Chicago
Saiying Steenbergen-Hu

Steenbergen-Hu, Saiying

Research Director, Center for Talent Development

Research Associate Professor, Education and Social Policy


Degrees

  • PhD, Educational Psychology, Purdue University, 2009
  • MA, University of Science & Technology of China, 2000

Research Interests

Academic achievement, psychological and social-emotional development, educational measurement and assessment, meta-analysis and research synthesis, quantitative research methods, executive functions, gifted education and talent development

Tammie Stewart

Stewart, Tammie

Outreach Manager, Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Young Scholars, Center for Talent Development


Degrees

  • Coaching Certification, ELOC, Northwestern University
  • MS, Communication, Northwestern University
  • BA, Communications, Northern Illinois University

I can help with:

  •  Assisting and supporting students, families, schools and organizations as they learn about the opportunities provided through the Jack Kent Cooke Young Scholars Program and the Center for Talent Development
Qili Sui

Sui, Qili

Developer


Degrees

  • BS, Computer Science, DePaul Univeristy
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Tryling, Nick

Assistant Coordinator – Team Lead, Grades 6-8, Center for Talent Development

Senior Editor, RHINO poetry


Degrees

  • MFA, Creative Writing, The American University
  • BA, Studio Art and English Literature, Austin College

I can help with:

  • Creating high quality educational experiences for academically talented middle school students and their families.
Lindsay Wall Succari

Wall Succari, Lindsay

Coordinator, Civic Education Project, Center for Talent Development


Biography

Lindsay was introduced to the power of service-learning as a high school student volunteering in rural Appalachia. Since then, she has facilitated and designed service-learning and leadership programming as a City Year corps member in Cleveland, OH, and at sites across the country for thousands of student leaders. Lindsay also has experience with youth organizing and community development, both in the U.S. and internationally. As Coordinator of CTD’s Civic Education Project, Lindsay gets to help provide educational opportunities for students to learn more about themselves and the world around them.

Degrees

  • MSSA, Social Work and Nonprofit Management, Case Western Reserve University
  • BA, Economics and Political Science, Augustana College
Michelle Wielgosz

Wielgosz, Michelle

Assistant Program Coordinator, Weekend Enrichment Program


Degrees

  • Masters in Education, Columbia College Chicago, 2007