Meet Our Faculty

The Kendall College School of Education in under the leadership of Dean Dr. Paul T. Busceni.

Paula Luszcz
Assistant Professor

Paula Luszcz comes to Kendall's Early Childhood Education program with more than 12 years of experience working with young children. Previously, she was a program specialist for the Great Lakes Head Start Quality Network for Region V; a private consultant to Head Start and child care programs in Illinois in the areas of health, disabilities, and literacy; a substitute teacher for early childhood education; a coordinator for Health and Disabilities for a multi-site Head Start/Early Head Start Program in Chicago; and a core contributing faculty member for early childhood education at St. Augustine College. She is credentialed in Illinois as a developmental specialist in early intervention and nationally as a health educator. Her educational background includes a Master of Arts in early childhood special education, a Master of Public Health, and a Bachelor of Arts in political science. She also holds an Illinois teaching certification in special education, which includes endorsements as a learning behavior specialist and approval in early childhood special education. She is a member of the Council for Exceptional Children and the Lake County Child Care Coalition.

At Kendall, Ms. Luszcz's focus is on teaching courses at the University Center Campus in Grayslake, Ill., and coordinating programming through this extension campus. She has taught ECE 300 and all courses in the Early Childhood Education concentration in Special Education (EDU 291, EDU 441, and EDU 442) and supervised student teachers in their field placements. Ms. Luszcz believes that students learn best through the practical application of their studies and through sharing personal experiences in the classroom.

Kinyata McGee-Swope
Assistant Professor

Kinyata McGee-Swope has a master's degree in Early Childhood Leadership and Advocacy, an Illinois Type 04 Teacher Certification with an endorsement in Special Education, and a Credential in Developmental Therapy, and an Infant Specialist Certification. Ms. McGee-Swope taught for several years at the primary level in the Chicago Public Schools and also directed an infant/toddler program. She started an educational-consulting company providing professional development and workshops to early education professionals, parents, and centers, including Head Start. Ms. McGee-Swope also serves as the Director of Clinical Practice for the School of Education.

Dr. Maria A. Montalvo
Professor and director of education grants

Dr. Montalvo comes to Kendall College’s Education program as Professor of Education and Director of Education Grants after many years of experience in the field and a vast assortment of experiences. She has been involved in the public and private sectors of Pre-Kindergarten to Graduate School education which have afforded her opportunities to serve as a teacher, assistant principal, principal, bilingual program specialist, district curriculum coordinator, and clinical supervisor. She has written and managed grants for several school districts and IHEs and has also supervised pre-service teachers in the field. Most recently, she served as Interim Dean of Education and as Faculty Chair at Colorado Technical University.

She completed her B.A. at Northern Illinois University. After teaching for several years at Walnut Community High School, near Galesburg, Illinois, she went to Western Illinois University for her Master of Science in Education degree. Upon completion of same, she remained as an instructor in their Bilingual Teacher Education Program.  Seeking milder weather, she moved to the southwest of the United States where she pursued doctoral studies while holding several administrative positions with the Albuquerque Public Schools and served as adjunct with local colleges and universities.

Dr. Montalvo is a strong believer in “giving back” and is an advocate of community service wherein she has used her facility with Spanish and with French to serve disenfranchised members of our communities in the states of Illinois, New Mexico, and Florida.

Mary Gambol Lane
Assistant Professor

Mary Gambol Lane graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1996 with a Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education. She continued her studies at UIUC, earning a Master's Degree in Education and completing her PhD coursework in linguistic diversity and bilingual education. In addition to her Illinois Type 03 teaching certificate and ESL (English as Second Language) endorsement, she has been trained extensively as a childbirth instructor as well as in childhood nutrition. 

Ms. Lane began her professional career in the classroom as an ESL teacher instructing bilingual children in the elementary grades. During her postgraduate studies at UIUC, she worked as a teacher educator and clinical supervisor in the Elementary Education Program.   In 2006, she founded Birthing Smart, an adult learning program in Chicago specializing in childbirth education and maternal nutrition and health. She has been published in a number of industry publications on a range of topics including the vulnerability in the Asian immigrant child and linguistic diversity. In addition to her teaching at Kendall College, she is currently working with an early childhood center in Chicago to provide professional development on nutrition education.

Dr. Joanne Perrault
Faculty Member

Joanne Perrault joins Kendall College as a full-time member of the School of Education this year after serving as a core contributing faculty member since 2005.

She enjoys her opportunity to teach online and has facilitated online courses for Kendall College, University of Phoenix, City Colleges of Chicago and Illinois Virtual High School.  She has taught education courses in a traditional classroom at Northeastern Illinois University.  To include fieldwork experience she has been a site supervisor for student teachers for Columbia College and University of Phoenix.

For twenty three years, Joanne has worked for Chicago Public Schools as an administrator and teacher working in the classroom with students from prekindergarten through eighth grade. Joanne’s love of learning can be documented by her educational background earning her Doctorate of Education from National Louis University.  From Northeastern Illinois University she has earned a Master of Arts in Geography and Environmental Studies, Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education, Type 75 Certificate in Administration and English as a second language endorsement.  Her teaching certification includes: National Board Certification of Early Childhood Generalist, Elementary Education, Early Childhood Education, Secondary Education-science and social studies, and General Administration. 

Joanne enjoys her role as an educator and when she is not working with students she spends time with her grandsons.