The New Sebring-Lewis Director Announced

On Thursday, January 9th, the College honored the philanthropic efforts of University Trustee, Chuck Lewis, and Founding Co-Director of the Consortium on Chicago School Research, Penny Sebring. Chuck and Penny were instrumental in the establishment of the pre-professional program, UChicago Careers in Education Professions. The program provides specialized preparation for students interested in pursuing careers in preK-12 teaching education administration, research, and policy. To honor Chuck and Penny’s work, Dean of the College, John W. Boyer, named the program director title, the Lewis-Sebring Director of UChicago Careers in Education Professions.

Nahida Teliani, Lewis-Sebring Director of UChicago Careers in Education Professions, is honored to take on her new title. While I was proud to have been selected as the first director of UChicago Careers in Education Professions in the summer of 2012, I am humbled today as the job title now bears the names of two people I hold in the highest regard. As I learn more about Chuck and Penny and the types of initiatives they lead, my admiration for the Lewis – Sebring name is ever increasing. I am thankful for the guidance and direction they have provided in launching this initiative, and look forward to cultivating an environment where the future educational leaders of America can thrive, right here at UChicago.”

Chuck and Penny’s involvement with the University is wide-spanning. In addition to his role as Trustee, Chuck is very active with the University’s Urban Education Institute and is a member of the Governing Board of the University’s Charter School. He is also a member of the visiting committees to the Division of the Social Sciences and to the College at the University. Penny is a senior research associate at the University of Chicago and founding co-director of the University of Chicago Consortium on Chicago School Research. She also serves on the Board of Directors for the Chicago Public Education Fund, and is a member of the Visiting Committee to the Division of Social Sciences at the University of Chicago. Chuck and Penny advise on the UChicago Careers in Education Professions program and contribute to the University’s Metcalf internship program. Their involvement in the program has made a huge impact, not just on the faculty and staff, but on the students as well. “I can’t thank the Lewis-Sebring College Summer Fellowship, and the Metcalf Internship program enough,” said John Lim, Class of 2014. “This has truly been a transformative experience for me. Thank you”

UChicago Careers in Education Professions is a selective program that provides a variety of resources for students such as advising, workshops, guest speakers, teacher-training programs, partnerships with public and private local schools, internship opportunities, and treks to various education institutions. For more information on the UChicago Careers in Education Professions, please visit their website or contact Nahida Teliani.

Penny Sebring and Charles Lewis listen with other College staff to Dean Boyer as he introduces Nahida Teliani as the new Lewis-Sebring Director