Title: Mathematics and Statistics Professor
Company: North Park University
Location: Chicago, Illinois, United States
Leona Lousin Mirza, Mathematics and Statistics Professor at North Park University, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in Mathematics Education.
Leona Mirza has spent a lifetime, over 50 years, as an educator. She was raised by parents who placed a very high value on education, so it should come as no surprise that she has always been so committed to it. Her mother held a teaching degree, though never worked as a teacher, and her father was a survivor of the Armenian Genocide, and always emphasized to his daughter how important education was. Ms. Mirza began on her career path in 1965, when she graduated from North Park College with a Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics. Back in the 1960’s, there were only a few career options available to women, one of which was education. So, she continued on to Western Michigan University, where she received an MA in Education in 1967, and a Doctorate of Education in 1972.
She began her career at Kalamazoo Public Schools, where she taught from 1965 to 1969. She then became a professor of mathematics at North Park University, where she still teaches today; almost 50 years devoted to educating young minds at the same institution. She served as chair of the Department of Mathematics and Statistics from 2004 to 2013, as well as assistant dean from 1999 to 2001. Mr. Mirza was also the director of the Institute for International and Cultural Studies from 2001 to 2006. Outside of her work teaching, she has contributed numerous articles and papers to professional journals, and served as an editor for the Illinois Mathematics Teacher journal for several years.
Throughout her long and distinguished career, Ms. Mirza has been honored and recognized many times. Among the awards she has received are the Fred Flener Award, from the Illinois Council of Teachers of Mathematics, the Woman of the Year award, from the Armenian International Women’s Association, and the Max Beberman Award from the Indiana Council of Teachers of Mathematics. She has been a member of numerous professional organizations, including the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, the Illinois Council of Teachers of Mathematics, and the Illinois Association of Colleges of Teacher Education. In addition, she has been featured in Who’s Who of American Women, Who’s Who in America, and Who’s Who in American Education.
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