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Saint Xavier alumna receives Associated Colleges of Illinois’ Shining Examples Award

Chicago (April 18, 2005) – Saint Xavier University alumna Kimberly Brown has been named an Alumni Shining Examples award winner by the Associated Colleges of Illinois. She was one of five recipients of the award and was honored for her commitment to teaching in high-need schools.

Brown teaches second grade at Richard Henry Lee School of Chicago’s southwest side, and many of her students speak English as a second language.

“I want to see every child that comes into my classroom succeed in life,” Brown said. “The smile on their faces when they accomplish a goal makes my profession worthwhile.”

Brown, who was born with spina bifida and uses a wheelchair, earned a bachelor’s degree in education in 1997 and a master’s degree in reading in 2002 from Saint Xavier, which allowed her to complete her goal of becoming a reading specialist.

In her classroom, Brown incorporates hands-on and vocabulary-enriching activities in all subject areas to help children who have difficulties with the English language. She also is co-chair of the school’s Parent Teacher Community Organization and created activities allowing parents to be more involved in their children’s lives – academically and socially.

Brown, who was selected from more than 240 nominations from the 24 ACI member schools, was presented with her award April 14 at the general session of the ACI’s 53rd Annual Meeting at the Union League Club of Chicago. She received a commemorative plaque as well as a gift certificate to help purchase critical supplies for her classroom.