Cheryl Callighan is a Professional Development Associate at NIU. Cheryl helps to provide STEAM professional development and student learning activities to districts throughout the state. She has been an elementary teacher and spent ten years as a school improvement coach. Cheryl has published six resource books for ELA teachers. Previously at NIU, she was part of the development team for the Illinois Report Card and MyIRC Educator Dashboards. Cheryl enjoys seeing the bright spark of inspired creativity in the eyes of both students and teachers.