Northern Illinois University

Region 2

Northern Illinois University

Region 2 is overseen by Northern Illinois University and serves the ITI districts in the northwestern part of the state. Located in Dekalb, IL, about 65 west of Chicago , NIU was chartered in 1895 and offers 100 undergraduate programs and 68 master’s degree programs. The mission of Northern Illinois University is to empower its 15,650 students through educational excellence and experiential learning as we pursue knowledge, share our research and artistry, and engage communities for the benefit of the region, state, nation and world.


By the Numbers

Serious, Impactful Growth

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Success Stories




"I get to learn things that I didn’t know before. Like reading about people that suffer from hard challenges but get through it. It makes me motivated to do things."


Rochelle Middle School

"Before, I didn’t know what to do in class, and now I’m able to do more than I could before. Playing the learning games is the best because we get to laugh and have fun."


Rochelle Middle School

"Tutoring helps me a lot more than in the classroom. In fourth grade, I had a hard time understanding stuff that we were doing, but now it has been easier."


DeKalb Lincoln Elementary

"The best part of tutoring is when we play Uno and math games because it’s fun, and I get to spend more time with my tutor. Tutoring helps me because when I learn something in class, then my tutor teaches me more about it."


DeKalb Lincoln Elementary

"Because of tutoring, I am doing way more advanced math. I get to do math with my tutor and learn new things, and I can be silly sometimes!"


DeKalb Lincoln Elementary



"My experience has been super fun! I don't know how else to describe it -- we just have fun every time! We do a lot of math games and I like to incorporate their interest in any way I can!"

Maddie Maxwell

Region 2 Tutor | DeKalb Lincoln Elementary

"My experience participating in the tutoring program has been amazing! I absolutely love tutoring because I can meet many more students and other tutors and collaborate with them and share ideas with each other. I enjoy being a tutor to not only help my current students but also because it gives me experience for when I become a teacher!"

Angie Saldana

Region 2 Tutor | Rochelle Middle School
Danw Hill

"The most meaningful part of tutoring for me is the relationships I’ve built with each of my students.  They’re all terrific kids.  They’re each so unique, and I value that they’ve trusted me with personal things in their lives during our get-to-know-you times."

Dawn Hill

Region 2 Tutor | Rochelle Middle School

"It is rewarding to be able to help students from different backgrounds and skill levels learn new things and better understand complex concepts. It is also fulfilling to see children improve their understanding and confidence in a subject after receiving tutoring assistance."

Gopi Vellanki

Region 2 Tutor | Rochelle Middle School

"My experience has been unique because I am working with a student who needs enrichment. I had never had much experience working one on one with a student who needed enrichment activities. It has been a wonderful experience seeing my student grow and be challenged each day by our activities."

Lindsey Blackaller

Region 2 Tutor | DeKalb Lincoln Elementary



Colona SD 190

Colona Grade School - MS & ES

DeKalb CUSD 428

Lincoln Elementary
Cortland Elementary
Gwendolyn Brooks Elementary
Jefferson Elementary
Tyler Elementary


Freeport SD 145

Lincoln Douglas Elementary
Freeport Middle
Carl Sandberg

Hiawatha CUSD 426

Hiawatha Elementary School

Hiawatha Middle School

North Boone CUSD 20

Manchester Elementary
North Boone Upper Elementary

Oglesby ESD 125

Lincoln School
Washington Jr. High

Rochelle CCSD 231

Rochelle Middle School

Rock Island-Milan SD 41

Frances Willard School
Rock Island Academy

Rockford SD 205

West Middle School

SD U-46

Century Oaks Elementary
Lords Park Elementary
Heritage Elementary

Spring Valley CCSD 99

John F. Kennedy Elementary School

John F. Kennedy Middle School

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Region 2 IPO Director

Amanda Baum