Marcella (Marcy) L Vancil
Student Teaching Coordinator
Office: 2418 - Buzzard Hall
Phone: 217 581-2620
Ms. Vancil retired from classroom teaching after 34 years of classroom teaching. She taught in Kindergarten through Fourth Grade at three diverse schools in Urbana School District 116. Each year, she and her students were engaged in in-depth integrated investigations. This thematic approach integrated current curriculum and standards with “simulated” yearlong travels to another country or time period. Students, teachers and families were involved in deep research and higher-level thinking throughout the year. Her former students continue to point to her as pivotal in their career paths, from education, archeology, anthropology, the arts, theology, and engineering, to name a few. During her tenure as a classroom teacher, Marcy’s teaching was the primary focus of eight dissertations. Her areas of special focus include literacy, nonfiction literacy, in-depth integrated investigations, science inquiry, mentoring student teachers the National Board process and cognitive coaching.
Ms. Vancil has received numerous recognitions during her career. She was Disney Teacher Honoree, in Early Childhood, named to the USA Today 2006 All-USA Teacher, Illinois History Teacher of 2007, and Illinois Those Who Excel, Award of Excellence, 2003. Marcy has presented at regional, state and national conferences on a wide range of topics. She has mentored over 100 student teachers in her own classroom practice as well as hundreds of Illinois teachers (pre K – 12) going through the National Board process. She was one of eight Regional Coordinators to design and implement for the Illinois Comprehensive Support System from 2002-2012.
Ms. Vancil is passionate about teaching and learning. She is excited about working with student teachers as they began their journey in the profession. Marcy continues to collaborate with many of her former classroom students and former student teachers.
In addition to her EIU duties, Ms. Vancil continues to work provide professional development to schools, mentor novice and veteran teachers and candidates going through the National Board process. She is available to present on wide variety of educational topics. She is married to Scott Stewart, a Professor in the College of Engineering, at University of Illinois. They have an adult son in who is currently in graduate school, studying computational fluid science.