Expertise: Special education
At North Park since: 1985
As coordinator of clinical experiences, Nancy Berggren enjoys helping her students find a school placement that’s right for them. “I love teaching, and find it rewarding to share with and prepare students for the joy of teaching and affecting the lives of their future students,” she says.
School of Education students have the opportunity to participate in three clinical experiences: teacher aiding, mini-teaching, and student teaching. “We prepare students exceptionally well for the profession of teaching by placing them in public, private, suburban, and urban schools throughout the Chicago metropolitan area,” Professor Berggren says.
She finds that teaching is “an ongoing life lesson,” and connects her students to the kinds of experiences she knows will be valuable for them in their careers. “Clinical placements offer all education students exposure to real school settings, teachers’ challenges, students’ needs, and school policy issues,” Professor Berggren says.
In her Survey of Exceptional Leaders class, Professor Berggren’s students explore teaching in a multicultural context “as it is discussed and experienced through their clinical placements, within diverse classroom settings,” she says. “You will be ready to meet the needs of all students.”
Professor Berggren is involved in a number of educational organizations and groups, both nationally and in the Chicago area, including the Council for Exceptional Children, Chicago Area Directors of Student Teachers, Jumpstart (an Americorps program), and area school boards.
- MA and Certificate, Special Education K-12, Northeastern Illinois University
- Certificate, Elementary Teaching, North Park University
- BA, Psychology, North Park University