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Dr. Cynthia Schairer-Kessler

Dr. Cynthia Schairer-Kessler



232 Brown Hall



Joined Northwest in 2019

Assistant Professor


  • Ed.D. Curriculum & Instruction; Illinois State University
  • M.S.Ed. Educational Leadership; University of Georgia
  • B.S.Ed. Secondary Education; University of Illinois                                              

Courses Taught

  • Positive Communication in Inclusive Classrooms
  • Introduction to Assessment
  • Curriculum and Instruction
  • Designing Integrated Curriculum I
  • Developmental Foundations of Adolescent Literacy
  • Professional Learning Community II
  • Professional Learning Community III
  • Practicum for a Guaranteed and Viable Curriculum
  • Practicum K-12 Capstone

Academic Interests

  • Best practices in teaching
  • Building student relationships
  • Compassion in education
  • Social justice in education

Scholarly Activity

  • Presented at TECSCU, AACTE, and MACTE.

Student Group Advisement

  • Education Living Learning Community
  • Random Acts of Kindness
  • K.I.D.S.

Other Professional Experiences

  • 10th grade Language Arts Teacher Brookwood High School,
  • 9th and 11th grade Language Arts Teacher Indian River High School
  • Writing Instructor at Illinois Central College
  • Director of Children and Family Ministries at First United Methodist Church in Peoria, Illinois


My husband Paul Kessler also works at the university in the Department of Advancement. We have two children and a goldendoodle. In our spare time we are trying to maintain a house that was built in 1904 and maybe play a little golf.