Evie Plofsky, University Lecturer

  University Lecturer
  708-534-4361 ext. 4361
  
  Office Hours: Contact Instructor
  College: COE
  Division of Education
  

I have always appreciated the wide range of opportunities GSU offers for professionals at different stages in their career journeys, whether they are just starting out or are already established in the field. Similarly, the broad mix of students in classes allows more opportunity for quality discussions, activities and group work. We learn from each other, and the diverse student population offers a wonderful mix of backgrounds and experiences from which to learn. 

I have always had the desire to be a teacher.  This passion gave direction to my career choices as well as the studies I’ve pursued throughout my life. I’ve taught infants and toddlers, preschool and school-aged children from the time I was 15, and always obtained jobs in the educational field to enhance my studies. After receiving my Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, Il, I was Master Teacher and then Director of the University’s childcare center. I helped the daycare center grow from serving only preschoolers to including infants/toddlers and school-aged children. We started an intergenerational cooperative program with a local senior day care center, which offered the children and seniors delightful and meaningful opportunities for interaction, and subsequently became a NAEYC certified center. Upon returning to the southern suburbs of Chicago, I became Director of the Anita M. Stone JCC Child Care Center for 14 years. During this time, I’ve taught Early Childhood courses at Governors State University. This experience has enabled me to utilize my background and interests toward the training of future teachers, in the quest to provide high quality early education for young children and their families.

Being actively involved in the community is an important part of my life. One of the community service projects that I have chaired involved planning children’s programs to generate funds for at-risk families. We designed a variety of events, from art and bowling parties to entertainer shows, with the proceeds going directly to children and families in need. It has been rewarding to plan and facilitate awareness for children attending these events, to support their ability to help others, and to make the world a better place for all.

I also enjoy time with my large extended family exploring Chicago events and places, taking nature hikes and vacationing. We are a family of many traditions and love spending time together.

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