Dr. Carolyn Poterek began her academic career at North Park University as an undergraduate student. She has since received Master’s and Doctoral degrees and returned to North Park to teach in the School of Education at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Her aim is to share the guidance and support she experienced with current North Park students as they seek to pursue a vocational call to education.
Dr. Poterek grew up in the Chicago area and has taught in Chicago Public Schools (CPS) and suburban Chicago schools. She values her students’ success in the classroom and models her own classes to integrate many of the same methods her students will need to incorporate into their teaching. “Every student is valued as they enter my classroom, and their distinctive backgrounds bring value to the learning that transpires in my classes. I integrate what it means for my students as future educators to value each of the students that will be in their classes in the years to come,” says Dr. Poterek.
As a North Park alumna, Dr. Poterek is grateful for all of the professors and friends who encouraged and supported her pursuit to be an educator. She hopes that each of her students “will experience the joy of teaching as they serve each of their students wherever their teaching career may take them.”