IE 2018-2019

Who will be working together? 

IE students, U5 Instructor Mrs. Julie Hinman, U5 Administrator Mrs. Laura O’Donnell, ISU & Business Hosts/Mentors/Investors

Mrs. Hinman 
Innovative Entrepreneurs Instructor

Mrs. Julie Hinman is a Unit 5 Alumni who attended both Chiddix Junior High and Normal Community High School.  She attended the University of Iowa and University of Illinois where she received her BFA. She work for many years in the field of advertising/graphic arts/marketing.  She spent time training interns which she enjoyed and prompted her to pursue teaching.  She attended Illinois State University where she received a   Masters in Education, Type 75 Certification in Administration, and National Board Certification in Career and Technical Education.  She has been a teacher at Unit 5 for 20 years in addition to serving as a department chair. In addition, to she runs her own business focusing on company branding and advertising. 
Please contact  Julie at 
for opportunities to Host and/or Mentor.

Mrs. O'Donnell
Director of Secondary Education

Mrs. Laura O'Donnell worked as a Science teacher and as Science Department Chair at Normal Community  West High School.  She moved into administration and served as a Assistant Principal at NCWHS. She then took a position as Principal at Olympia South and Evans Junior High School. Current;y. she serves as Director of Secondary Education in the McLean County Unit 5 School District. She holds Advanced Degrees/Certifications in Curriculum & Instruction, Type 75 Certification in Administration, and Superintendent Certification.  Any spare time she has is spent at a baseball field or gym since she has 3 boys! 

 Please contact  Laura at
for opportunities help with funding.