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About Genevieve Staudt

As a teacher of teachers, Genevieve Staudt had a lasting effect on generations of Elmhurst students.

Staudt joined the Elmhurst University community in 1932, having graduated from the State Teachers College in Iowa and earned a Master of Arts degree from the State University of Iowa. Prior to becoming the first woman administrator at the University (which, at the time, was Elmhurst College), she was an elementary and high school teacher, then served as dean of the Junior College in Clarinda, Iowa.

After 29 years of service, Elmhurst University President Robert C. Stanger wrote in his retirement announcement about the significant role Staudt played in teacher education on campus, “She responded to an invitation to become assistant professor of education at Elmhurst University during the administration of President Timothy Lehmann, and thus helped to lay the foundation for the excellent program of teacher education for which our school has become known.”

President Stanger’s description of Dean Staudt as a “teacher of teachers” is especially salient given the goals of the Institute for Teacher Leadership at Elmhurst University, which began through an endowed chair in her honor. Through the Staudt Chair, Professor Debra Meyer Ph.D., sought to honor her by supporting teachers who are leaders within their schools and the profession.

The Institute was created to serve as a regional location for promoting teacher leadership preparation and development while involving Elmhurst University graduates, current students and faculty; working with school partners, state and national organizations; providing professional development for teachers and school principals in new leadership models; and advocating for policies to optimize the number and quality of “teacher of teachers” in every school.

Photos courtesy of Rudolph G. Schade Archives, Elmhurst University

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