Professor Lara Christoun earned a Bachelor of Science Degree with concentrations in public affairs, Spanish, and business from the School of Public and Environmental Affairs at Indiana University in 1990. She earned a Master’s Degree in Educational Administration with Principal’s Licensure from Concordia University-Wisconsin in 2005. Dr. Christoun earned her Ed.D in Educational Leadership from Northern Illinois University in 2014 with a specialization in English Language Learning and At-Risk Education.
Dr. Christoun was a Spanish teacher for eight years, a Literacy Specialist for Kenosha Unified School District for four years, and the Coordinator of Bilingual Education and Federal Grants in Vernon Hills, Ill., for five years. Her specializations are English Language Learning (ELL), multiculturalism, and social justice. Since 2006, she has taught graduate-level education courses for Carthage. Prof. Christoun joined the Carthage faculty in January 2011.
As a member of the Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL), she presented her dissertation findings at the 2013 Annual Wisconsin TESOL Convention at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. Short and long term goals include collaborating with the University of Chicago’s Consortium on Chicago School Research and other related entities to foster high educational outcomes for English Language Learners and all students in general. She also encourages and mentors undergraduate scholarly research regarding at-risk youth/social justic and annually serves on graduate thesis committees.
Dr. Christoun assisted in creating Carthage’s English as a Second Language (ESL) teacher certification program in 2013. She instructs certification courses for Carthage’s Education Department and looks forward to further enhancing ELL programming.
Several of her Carthage involvement endeavors include the following key memberships: Carthage Symposium Committee, Diversity Leadership Council, and Council on Undergraduate Research.
Lara Christoun received her B.S. in Public Affairs from Indiana University in 1990, M.S. in Educational Administration from Concordia University Wisconsin in 2005, and is an Ed.D. candidate in Educational Leadership at Northern Illinois University.
Assistant Chair, Education Department; Assistant Professor of Education
- Ed.D. — Educational Leadership, Northern Illinois University (Spring 2014)
- M.S. — Educational Administration and Principal Licensure, Concordia University Wisconsin
- B.S. — Public Affairs with Spanish and Business Concentration, Indiana University
- EDU 1010 Education and Society
- EDU 1050 Exceptional Learners
- EDU 3240 English Language Learners: Studies in Education
- EDU 500E Culturally Responsive Instruction
- EDU 2010 Educational Psychology and Assessment
- EDU 5130 Methods and Materials in Urban Education
- EDU 5190 Teaching in a Multiculturalism Classroom
English Language Learners (Response to Intervention and Literacy Supports), Urban Education, Multiculturalism