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Heinzmann Named Outstanding Faculty


INA, IL (April 10, 2019) – Rend Lake College is pleased to recognized Brenda Heinzmann as the 2019 Outstanding Faculty Member. She was nominated by peers for her dedication and genuine demonstration of exceptional teaching, as well as her enthusiasm and engagement with her students.


With over 35 years in the educational system, Heinzmann began her career in early childhood education, teaching preschool and kindergarten for 18 years. She then became the Assistant Director and the first preschool teacher at RLC’s brand new Rend Lake College Foundation Children’s Center. She was instrumental in developing this state-of-the-art center and in providing a high quality, hands-on practicum experience for the college’s early childhood students.

Heinzmann was quickly promoted to the full-time director of the center, where her ambition and hard work led the facility to becoming NAEYC accredited, as well as a recipient of the Preschool for All grant. During this time, she also served as an adjunct instructor for four years until she transitioned to a full-time faculty position for the college’s Education and Early Childhood Education program.


Heinzmann’s name will now be submitted to the Illinois Community College Trustees Association for consideration for their 2019 Outstanding Full-Time Faculty Award.