Welcome to Nora Villarreal's tenure portfolio! Above, please find links that will guide you through my portfolio.  Below, you can read a little about me. Thank you for visiting!
A Little about Me
I was born and raised in the Illinois Valley, and have a deep connection to the community and land of our area. I attended St. Columba grade school and Marquette High School, where I formed lasting friendships, learned about my faith, and continued to develop my voracious appetite for reading. I attended IVCC and Illinois State University, institutions that I love dearly. After graduating with a bachelor's degree in English education (with a Spanish endorsement), I went on to teach junior high and high school for 2 years.

I have 3 sisters with whom I'm very close, and am lucky to have a wonderful husband who is also my best friend. I was married on September 24, 2011, and my students and colleagues sent me on my way with blessings and wishes for happiness. My husband and I live on a small farm near Tonica, recently adopted a dog, and are looking forward to starting a family soon!

I'm thankful every day that I am able to work at IVCC, an institution that not only helps people from our community achieve success, but was also instrumental in my own life. When I arrived at IVCC, I was adrift, unsure of what I wanted to do or where my life might lead. I had spent my past years of school getting by, but never believing that I had the skills or passion to truly excel. However, during some classes here at IVCC, a spark was ignited inside me. I realized that if I dedicated myself and pursued what I wanted with a smile on my face and fire in my heart, I could achieve my dreams. I changed from a student who didn't really care about school to someone who will spend her life dedicated to helping others along the path to both education and success. I  now understand how powerful education can be, and am delighted to help students from all walks of life achieve academic, personal, and professional success. 

Nora student teaching with Lucy
Mom and Bruce
Dad and Sebastian
Nora & Joe wedding photo
Lethiot sisters
Lizzie & Nora
Reading Tower on the couch