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While working on her undergraduate degree at Saint Leo University in St. Leo, Florida, Carmel Cottrell studied a wide range of topics before choosing concentrations in secondary education, speech, and theater. However, she ultimately chose secondary education as the foundation of her career. Over the years, Carmel Cottrell worked as an Instructional Assistant, Teacher, and Administrator, before serving a term as the President of the Schaumburg Education Association. Prior to becoming President of the SEA, Carmel Cottrell served as a Contract Chair and as Vice President. Carmel Cottrell worked for the Community Consolidated School District 54 in Schaumburg, Illinois, as a Reading Improvement Instructional Assistant while attending graduate school in her spare time. She received a Master of Arts and a Type 03 Certification from Chicago-based National Louis University, before becoming an elementary school Teacher in School District 54. Carmel Cottrell then went on to earn a Certificate of Advanced Study in Educational Leadership Administration and Supervision and a Type 75 certification, both also from National Louis University. Moving on to become an Assistant Principal for Bloomingdale School District 13, Carmel Cottrell sought out administrative, rather than teaching specialization. She began her doctorate studies at Roosevelt University by the late 1990s, going on to earn a Doctor of Education in 2002. After learning the aspects of organizational change and educational leadership, Carmel Cottrell simultaneously served as a Doctoral Administrative Intern and Assistant Principal at James B. Conant High School, taught classes as a Learning Resource Teacher in School District 54, and served as an Adjunct Professor at Roosevelt University. Carmel Cottrell has been nominated for many awards both in Illinois and nationwide, including VFW Illinois Teacher of the Year, Schaumburg Volunteer of the Year Award, Disney's American Teacher Award, and an Illinois Golden Apple Award. Carmel Cottrell lives and works in Schaumburg, Illinois, and is a member of the National Education Association and the Illinois Education Association,

Work experience

Jun 2009Jun 2011

President - Schaumburg Education Association

Schaumburg School District 54



Doctor of Education

Roosevelt University

Master of Education

National-Louis University


National-Louis University

Bachelor of Arts

Saint Leo University