Assistant Professor of Education
Expertise: Communication within schools; relationships between school, home, and family; instructional leadership; school supervision and improvement; curriculum development; social/emotional learning
At North Park since: 2010
With a nearly-30-year career in elementary public education, Professor Diana Majerczyk came to North Park eager to take advantage of the opportunity to expand her practical experiences working with prospective school leaders as students. “Education is a calling and way of life,” she says. “It is an honor to support the professional efforts of future administrators as they obtain the necessary skills and practices to influence future generations of leaders.”
Professor Majerczyk most enjoys getting to know her students and working with them to achieve their goals. She brings significant experience from working in two different Illinois districts, as both a classroom teacher and an administrator. She taught grades 1–3 for seven years in Manheim School District 83 and spent 22 years in Lombard Elementary District 44 as a classroom teacher, gifted teacher, principal, and district-level administrator for professional development, teaching and learning, and grant writing. She brings real-life case studies from these roles to the table in her classrooms, something she values among all her colleagues, as well. “The faculty is comprised of experienced educators that are dedicated to the learning and well-being of our students,” she says of the School of Education.
Administrative candidates develop an action plan of internship activities to extend learning into the leadership role within a Pre-K–12 educational setting. Professor Majerczyk works with them collaboratively “to ensure the experiences are authentic and relevant to the school leadership role,” she says. She draws on her own time as a principal building partnerships between staff, parents and families, and community members to provide safe, high-quality learning environments for students, preparing future Illinois principals and administrators to do the same. “We take great pride in supporting candidates for successful entry into a leadership role within an educational setting,” says Professor Majerczyk.
- MA, Education, St. Xavier University
- BA, Education, Illinois State University
- Administrative Certificate, North Central University