Audrey Manley, Lecturer

  University Lecturer
  708-534-4050 ext. 4050
  
  
  College: COE
  Education
  

Often I tell people that I have the most important job in the world!!  I help prepare educators who will prepare students for success in life and who will shape the future.   The future of our nation and the world depends on how well we do our jobs.    What could be more important?   Education is in the news every day.  The President of the United States and Congress are involved daily in decisions that affect education.   Education is at the top of the priority list in our state.  Local communities are working every day to make their educational systems more effective! 

As an elementary teacher and school administrator I became a teacher educator and spent 23 years at the University of St. Francis in Joliet, Illinois.  After retiring, I was able to teach a class each semester at Joliet Junior College.  For the past five years I have had the privilege of working with the students, faculty and staff at Governors State University.   In addition to the rewards that I receive from working with future educators here, I really appreciate the opportunities that I have had here to learn and remain current in the field of teacher education.  You can imagine how teacher education has changed since I was educated as a teacher!  The latest revisions have been challenging and enlightening.  I am still learning and growing in the EdTPA.  

Education has been the focus of my life.  One of the more rewarding related experiences was serving as a school board member for Lockport Township High School for eight years.  I was secretary for two, vice president for two and president for four years.  There were so many opportunities to grow as an educator and board member by attending state, regional and national conventions.   I have always maintained membership in my professional organization, the Association of Teacher Educators.  I have attended many of their state and national meetings and sat on the Executive Board for the Illinois Association of Teacher Educators for fifteen years.  I served as President Elect, President, and Past President  from  2009-2011.  I am currently President of  the Beta Rho Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma International, an organization for teacher leaders.   Because of my commitment to education I am politically active.  I ran for Illinois State Senate in 2008 and for mayor of my town in 2009.  I did not win either election but found the process rewarding and very positive. 

Because I usually teach one course each semester at GSU, I do spend time travelling.  I have a daughter  and two granddaughters in Norfolk, another daughter with three toddlers in Rochester, New York, and a son with two boys in Burlington, Iowa.  I also spend some time working for the University of Iowa supervising student teachers in the south suburbs.