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Careers in Education: Online Student & Alumni Panel - Education at Illinois, Online Programs

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As part of our series, Careers in Education, we aim to explore diverse career opportunities available to our students and alumni.

The panelists will discuss their current positions and how their studies at the College of Education at Illinois impacted their professional pursuits. The second half of the session will enable participants to pose career-specific questions to the panelists and learn about how others might advance into their fields. You could join us for the entire session or the second half focused on career-specific questions. This event aims to inform current and prospective students about career possibilities.

Careers in Education: Online Student & Alumni Panel
Dr. Marlee Bunch and Stacey Hietikko
 Online Programs Student & Alumni Panel highlighting Student Experiences and Career Insights
Date & Time:
 Thursday, October 19th, from 5 - 6:30 p.m. CT
 Online via Zoom
 The Office of Online Programs
Registration is required. 
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Dr. Marlee Bunch is an interdisciplinary educator, researcher, advocate for students, seeker of social justice and equity, and lifelong learner. She obtained her Ed.D. from the University of Illinois in Education Policy, Organization, and Leadership with an emphasis on Diversity and Equity (2022). With over sixteen years of teaching experience at the secondary and post-secondary levels, she has continuously worked in diverse classrooms and sought to ensure that students receive equitable and rigorous instruction and mentorship. Dr. Bunch advocates for students and uses writing, poetry, art, and history to encourage dialogue and self-reflection. Her research focuses on Black female educators in Mississippi pre/post Brown v. Board and the impact history has had on the current lack of representation of BIPOC (Black/Indigenous/Persons of Color) teachers in K-12 public classrooms.

Stacey Hietikko is a seasoned professional with a 16-year tenure as Director of IT and Training, where she honed her expertise in technology and education. She has earned both an Instructional Design MasterTrack® Certificate and a Graduate Certificate in Instructional System Design Management and Leadership and is currently a student in the Ed.M. program in Education Policy, Organization, and Leadership. Currently, she serves as a Sr. Instructional Design Specialist and Program Manager for Yahoo in their Global Training and Content Organization, where her strategic vision and leadership skills are instrumental in shaping the company's training initiatives. With a passion for innovation and a commitment to excellence, Stacey contributes significantly to the ever-evolving landscape of instructional design and technology, driving growth and success at Yahoo and beyond.

All are welcome. Please register if you plan to attend! Click here to register. You will receive the Zoom link upon registration. Please download the free Zoom software and set up an account to participate.

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