Dr. Jean  Damisch

Throughout her career, Dr. Jean Damisch has given learning
disabled, emotionally disturbed, and behaviorally disordered students a
chance at academic success.

Now retired, her goals as a special education teacher were to help
her students become self-confident, develop writing, reading and math
skills, and learn to be successful. She used strategies that caused her
students to be more interested, involved and engaged. Those strategies
paid off since more than 95 percent of her students apply for college

Jean’s 31-year teaching career included 20 years at Niles West High
School in Skokie, IL. During her career, Damisch taught at New Trier
High School in Winnetka, IL, Chicago Latin School in Chicago, and as an
instructor for Performance Learning Systems at Northern Illinois
University from 1987 to 1992.

She received a Bachelor of Science degree in psychology in 1951, a
Master of Arts degree in counseling in 1969 and an Administration
Certificate in 1980 from Northwestern University, and a Doctor of
Education degree in 1990 from Northern Illinois University.

Special Recognition


Elder – The Village Presbyterian Church of Northbrook, Illinois


President, Chicago North Shore Alumnae Panhellenic


Chair, Northwestern University Class of 1951 50th Reunion


Vice President for Membership, Circumnavigators Club, Chicago Chapter


President of North Lake Shore Retired Teachers of Illinois


Northwestern University Phi Delta Kappa (PDK) Recognition Award


NorthShore Walk of Fame awarded by NorthShore Hilton and NorthShore Magazine, Illinois (one of six)


Special Merit Award for Action Research in Schools from the Institute
for Educational Research for her research project “Teaching Techniques
of Outstanding Teachers”


One of 100 Chicago-area women selected as Women of Destiny by Marshall Field’s and Marilyn Miglin/Destiny perfume


First worldwide recipient of the PDK International Doctoral Fellowship


Kohl International Award for Outstanding Educators


Recipient of PDK’s Gerald Read International Travel Scholarship, which she used to study the educational system in China in 1983