Eileen Kicmal

Upper School English


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.


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.