Professor of Education
Coordinator, ESL teaching endorsement program
Coordinator, MA in literacy, language, and culture program
Expertise: Greek and Italian American culture; Holocaust education; teaching English as a Second Language
At North Park since: 2004
For Dr. Angelyn Balodimas-Bartolomei, North Park’s values are easily incorporated into her courses. “All of my classes focus on multiculturalism and developing empathy, understanding, and respect for all individuals,” she says.
In particular, Dr. Balodimas-Bartolomei finds that students in her Sociolinguistics class are able to engage these values through a “sociolinguistic phenomena of North Park” project. “In groups, they discover the multiculturalism and diversity of the campus and neighborhood,” she says.
As coordinator of the School of Education’s ESL teaching endorsement program, Dr. Balodimas-Bartolomei has seen many of her students attain careers in teaching English abroad or working with English as a Second Language programs throughout Chicago. Undergraduate alumni also often stay in the School of Education to pursue graduate programs.
"Preparing future ESL teachers is truly rewarding," she says. "There is nothing more rewarding, fulfilling, and satisfying for me as a professor than when I see my students expand on my ideas and soar on the knowledge and experience that they have acquired from class instruction."
As School of Education faculty, Balodimas-Bartolomei says, “We do make a difference for students. We strive to help students achieve their fullest potential and live lives of significance and service, both within the educational arena and outside of it.”
- PhD, Comparative International Education & Policy Studies, Loyola University Chicago
- MA, Linguistics and ESL, Northeastern Illinois University
- BA, Greek Pedagogy, Rallios Pedagogical Academy-Greece
- BA, Greek Studies and Social Work, Decree College-Athens, Greece
- Angelyn Balodimas-Bartolomei. Footsteps Through Athina. Park Ridge, Ill.: Palo Albums Inc., 2008.
- Angelyn Balodimas-Bartolomei and Nicholas Alexiou. “Political & Pedagogical Dimensions in Holocaust Education: A Comparative Analysis of Greece Among Other Task Force Member Countries.” In Changing Educational Landscapes, edited by Dimitris Mattheou. New York: CESE, Springer Publications, 2010.
- Angelyn Balodimas-Bartolomei. “Greek American Identities in the 21st Century: A Generational Approach.” Journal of Hellenic Diaspora vol 38, #1 & 2 (2012): 71–97.