College of Arts and Sciences

English Education Graduate News

Over the past 5 years, 90 to 95 percent of our English Education graduates have been successful in finding teaching positions. See below.

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English Education Graduates who made it into the news:
English Education Graduates who have been successful finding teaching positions:


  • Ashley Hill (2016): Bushnell High School Bushnell, IL
  • Tamika Robinson (2016): United Township High School East Moline, IL
  • Katie Walsh (2016): Kankakee High School Kankakee, IL


  • MaryBeth Hornbaker (2015): Hamilton Junior-Senior High School Hamilton, IL
  • Presley DiNardi (2015): Dee-Mack High School Mackinaw, IL


  • Kylee Palmer (B. A. 2014) is now at Wright City High School in Wright City, Missouri; before that a high school English teacher at VIT High School in Table Grove, Illinois.
  • Paige Henninger (2014) is at Warsaw Junior-Senior High School in Warsaw, Illinois.
  • Reilly Maloney (B. A. 2014) is a high school English teacher and assistant cheerleading coach at East Buchanan High School, Gower, Missouri.
  • Suzanne Teague (B. A. 2014) is an alternative high school English teacher and Ombudsman at the Educational Alternative School, Chicago, Illinois.


  • Allison Janacek  (B. A. 2013): Middle School Language Arts Teacher at West Central Middle School in Stronghurst, Illinois.
  • Annie Supalla  (B.A. 2013): 6th grade language arts teacher and J.V. soccer coach at Nathan Hale Middle School in Crestwood, Illinois and before that a 6th Grade English Language Arts Teacher at Percy Julian Middle School in Oak Park, IL.
  • Caitlin Christmas  (B. A. 2013) is is now at Edgewater High School in Edgewater, Florida and before that she was a Computer Concepts teacher at Illini West High School and West Prairie High School in Carthage and West Prairie, IL.
  • Danielle Reagle (B. A. 2013) is an alternative education teacher—English, East Campus Muscatine High School, Muscatine, Iowa.
  • James Black (B. A. 2013) is an English Teacher at West Central High School, Biggsville, Illinois and before that was an 8th Grade English Language Arts Teacher at Cary Junior High in Cary, IL.
  • Jenni (Mitchell) Waller (B. A. 2013): High School English Teacher Abingdon – Avon High School Abingdon, Illinois and before that was a 6th and 8th Grade English Language Arts Teacher at Abingdon-Avon Middle School in Abingdon, IL.
  • Kasey Gallagher (B. A. 2013): high school British literature and publications teacher at Marian Central Catholic High School.
  • Neil Friberg (B. A. 2013) is a  middle school English/Language Arts teacher at Our Lady of Grace Catholic Academy, East Moline, Illinois.
  • Teli (Fedele) Walters (2013) is teaching 8th grade at Monmouth-Roseville Junior High.


  • Ashley Hurley ( B.A. 2012 ). English Teacher at Warsaw High School in Warsaw, IL.
  • Cassie (Braniff) Wilcoxen (B.A.) teacher at West Central Illinois Special Education Co-Op
  • Johnathan Pontarelli (B. A. 2012) returned to campus to speak with English Education Students. He is currently teaching at Neuqua Valley High School in Naperville, IL.
  • Paige (Brinkman) Timmerman (B. A. 2012) is a high school Spanish/English teacher at Carlyle High School in Carlyle, Illinois. She is also attending the M.A. program in English literature at Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville, Illinois.


  • Caitlin Barrett (B.A. 2011) is a 7th grade middle school language arts teacher at Glenwood Middle School in Catham, IL and the girls basketball coach
  • Kathleen (Wilcoxen) Steffen (B.A. 2011) is an 8th grade Literacy teacher at Harding Middle School in Des Moines, Iowa since 2011
  • Kirsta (Wilson) Anderson (B.A. 2011) teaches at Beardstown High School in Beardstown, IL for past 5 years
  • Tracey (Meusec) Burns (B.A. 2011) is Director of Curriculum at Blair Oaks in Jefferson City, MO and before that was a high school English teacher and A+ coordinator at Scotland County in Missouri since 2011


  • Carmen Arena (B.A. 2010) teached at Barrington High School in Barrington, IL (2011-2013)
  • Christina (Olakowski) Fulk (B.A. 2010) is a School Counselor of Scotland County Schools as of 2015 and before that an English teacher at Scotland County in Missouri for 5 years
  • Jessica Scadden (B.A. 2010) 7th-8th Grade Literacy Teacher/TAG inCamanche, Iowa
  • Kristen Dragos (B.A. 2010, M.A. 2013) created and taught language arts and social studies curriculum to 7th and 8th graders. Taught 4th grade curriculum at Children First Academy Phoenix (2014); Teaching 5th grade students at Amerischools Academy in Arizona (2014); Reading Program Manager at Sylvan Learning Centers in Bloomington, IL (2012)
  • Lorie Cox-Rude (B.A. 2010) teaches at Canton High School in Canton, IL
  • Paige Podbelsek (B.A. 2010) 7th Grade ELA Teacher at Intrinsic Schools in Chicago, IL (2015);8th grade ELA teacher at LEARN Charter School Network (2015); 7th grade LA teacher at Valley Springs Middle School in North Carolina (2014); 8th grade LA teacher at Altar Valley Middle School (2012-2014); 7th/8th Grade LA teacher at Southgate Academy in (2011)


  • Anna Westermeyer  (B.A. 2009 / M. A. 2013) teaches English at Central Lee Community School District in Donnellson, IA (2015); taught secondary English Language Arts at Hamilton High School in Hamilton, Illinois (2009-2015)
  • Christina Holt (B.A. 2009) was accepted a fully funded position to teach and study in Western Washington University’s M.F.A program in Creative Writing program.
  • Glenna Sabo (B.A. 2009) teaches middle school English at Escola Americana do Recife in Brazil (2015) and before that was high school English teacher in East Dubuque, IL (2013-2015)
  • Kathleen Crosby (B.A. 2009) taught high school at VIT in Table Grove, IL (2012)
  • Neil Lesinski (B. A. 2009)  completed a Masters in Educational Leadership in 2013. He is now the department chair of Career Tech Ed. programs and also teaches English to freshmen and juniors at Lakes Community High School in Lake Villa, Illinois.


  • Dan Connelly (B. A. 2006) was nominated for the California League of School’s Educator of the Year Award in the fall of 2014. Connelly taught high school English for five years on the south side of Chicago before moving to the San Francisco Bay Area to work at Capuchino High School in 2011. There, he says he “continues to facilitate and foster individual inquiry and curiosity with humans between the ages of fourteen and sixteen.”


  • Chris Brown (B. A. 2005)  is working as the Major Gifts Assistant at Saint Ambrose University, Davenport, Iowa.