Lisa Putnam Cole

HCC Professor of Reading in Humanities and Fine Arts

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Hello, and welcome to my webpage!

I am Professor of Reading at Heartland Community College, where I've been a member of the faculty since 1996. I've taught developmental reading, academic and life success, and education courses. Prior to that, I served as founding coordinator of Heartland’s tutoring program. My introduction to postsecondary academic support programs and services occurred in 1990, at Illinois State University's Center for Learning Assistance, where I assisted in the management of the Center's operation, including its campus-wide tutoring and Supplemental Instruction programs. My career as an educator began with a fulfilling 5-year stint teaching first- and second-graders.

I earned my Bachelor's degree in Elementary Education from MacMurray College and my Master's degree in Reading from Northern Illinois University. Since completing my Master's, I've continued my professional development by:

  • Participating in Read Right® Trainer Training and receiving trainer certification in 2011
  • Participating in Read Right® Tutor Training and receiving tutor certification in 2010
  • Participating in Reading Recovery® Teacher Training (Sabbatical Leave Project) and receiving initial certification in 2002
  • Attending the Kellogg Institute for Developmental Educators in 1995 and completing the requirements for the Developmental Education Specialist Certification in 1996
  • Participating in Illinois State University’s Writing Project as a Summer Fellow in 1992

Two honors I am particularly proud of receiving are HCC's National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development (NISOD) 2011 Excellence Award and Outstanding Faculty of the Year Award for 2002.

Lisa Cole, HCC Professor of Reading
“Quote: Knowledge is of little use without wisdom, and . . . there is no wisdom without spirituality, and true spirituality always includes service to others.” Isabel Allende (Daughter of Fortune, 1999, p. 177)