Nora Villarreal

Instructor of English
Writing Center Director

About MePicture of Nora Villarreal in front of degrees on wall

-Associate of Arts, Illinois Valley Community College
-Bachelor of English, Spanish endorsement (teacher education sequence), Illinois State University
-Master of English (specializing in literature and film), Northern Illinois University
-Master Online Teacher, University of Illinois

I'm a passionate educator, avid reader and writer, former high school English and Spanish teacher, and current professor of literature and composition at Illinois Valley Community College. In addition to my teaching duties, I also direct  the Writing Center at IVCC. I received my A.A. from IVCC. Later, I earned my B.A. in English education (with a Spanish endorsement) from Illinois State University, and more recently attained my M.A. in English, specializing in literature and film, from Northern Illinois University. Finally, I was recently certified as  Master Online Teacher through the Illinois Online Network. I am also the proud receipient of the 2014 Stephen Charry Memorial Award for Teaching Excellence.

I enjoy reading, writing, yoga, outdoor activities like canoeing, and spending time with my husband, children, family, and friends. I have  particular interests in fiction, poetry, and film, as well as the relationship between film and literature.

As an alumnus of IVCC, I understand how powerful education can be, and I'm delighted to help students from all walks of life achieve academic, personal, and professional success. 

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Courses Taught

Peru Washington Junior High
Spanish A
Spanish B
Research and Publishing

LaSalle-Peru High School
Spanish I
English I
English II
Creative Writing
Multicultural Literature
Translator/interpreter/tutor for ESL students

Northern Illinois University
English 103
English 104

Illinois Valley Community College
Speech 1001
English 1001
English 1002
Major English Writers I
Major English Writers II
Survey of American Literature I
Introduction to Shakespeare
Honors Introduction to Shakespeare
Introduction to Fiction
Children's Literature
Honors Portfolio
Honors Project

Selected Coursework and Experiences

Selected graduate courses:
Technical Editing
Literature: Shakespeare
Literature: The Uncanny
Documentary Film
Film and Literature of the Vietnam War
Principles of Universal Design for Online Learning
Technology Tools for Online Learning

Selected undergraduate courses:
Growth and Structure of the English Language
Suvery of American Literature
Women's Studies
Survey of British Literature
Creative Writing
Many courses on teaching and learning

Selected experiences:
Writer/editor, Equality 101 Blog (defunct)
Judge, IATE Prose Contest
Proctor, High School Writing Competition
Community and IVCC writing tutor
IVCC Honors Program Director, 2011-2014

Professional Memberships

American Federation of Teachers
College Reading and Learning Association
Illinois Community College Faculty Association
International Writing Centers Association
National Council of Teachers of English

Wise Words

"All too often we give people cut flowers when we should be teaching them to grown their own plants."
~John W. Gardner