Merle Siefken

Adjunct Instructor

Year Started at GU: 2014
Phone: 618.664.6800
Areas of Responsibility:

Lead instructor and facilitator, EDU 352 - Teaching of Social Studies in UTEP program.


B.A. in Christian Education, Lincoln Christian University
M.A. in Teaching in Elementary Education, National-Louis University
Master of Educational Leadership, North Central College 

Merle Siefken received his undergraduate degree from Lincoln Christian College where he experienced the significance of a Christian Higher Education. His wife, Amy, is a graduate of Wheaton College: and their oldest son, Jacob, is a member of the Greenville College class of 2018. There is one son still at home, Joshua, a junior at Naperville Central High School.

Publications and Presentations

Illinois Response to Intervention Network Statewide Conference lunch keynote, 2013;
No Child Left Behind Statewide Conference, 2014

Professional Affiliations

Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development; Council for Exceptional Children; and National Council for the Social Studies.

Related Experiences

Twelve years teaching;
Seven years building administrator; and Eight years directing an Illinois State Board of Education technical assistance project.
Statewide Focus Area Director, the Illinois Statewide Technical Assistance Collaborative (2006 - Present),
Illinois State Board of Education and School Association for Special Education in DuPage County
Principal, Crestwood Middle School Kentwood Public Schools - Kentwood, Michigan  (2003 - 2006)
Principal, Sparta Middle School Sparta Area Schools - Sparta, Michigan  (2001 - 2003)
Assistant Principal, Mill Creek Middle School Comstock Park Public Schools - Comstock Park, Michigan (1999 - 2001)


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