Eileen Kicmal

Upper School English

ekicmal@morganparkacademy.org

Dr. Kicmal has more than 25 years of teaching experience at both the high school and college level. She holds a B.A. in English, Communications, and Secondary Education from Eastern Illinois University, an M.S.Ed. from Northern Illinois University, and a doctoral degree in Educational Leadership from the University of Phoenix, where she has been teaching for more than 10 years. She also previously taught at Aurora University.

Q&A

How do you inspire students to enjoy learning?

I encourage them to collaborate with their classmates through student-led seminars. Critical thinking with course material allows students to make real world connections and develop the self-directed learning skills needed in higher education and beyond.

What are your favorite moments with a student?

My favorite moments are when I witness a “light-bulb” moment and a student discovers a connection or a new perspective on an issue. This moment is such a crucial step in students becoming lifelong learners. As an educator, my overall goal is to create lifelong learners.

What are some of your interests and hobbies?

I love to read; I also like participating in book discussion groups (when time permits). Another interest and hobby of mine is yoga. Finally, I love to travel to new places and look forward to Project Week and traveling to South Korea with MPA.