Noreen Winningham, Ph.D.
was an elementary/middle school teacher, undergraduate/graduate professor, and school administrator for eighteen years. A private consultant to elementary school districts in 25 U.S. states, France, and Belgium for the prior ten years, Winningham’s past work includes the design and management of programming for the integration of the arts into the basic curriculum and the design and delivery of teacher professional development in mathematics and computer technology. Winningham has authored a number of pamphlets and texts, including Reading Olympics, published by Prurock Press. She is the main author for the 3rd edition of the University of Chicago Everyday Mathematics 5th Grade curriculum materials and is a member of the author team for the UCSMP secondary component PreTransitions textbook. She holds K-9 teaching, general administration, and superintendent certificates, an undergraduate degree in computer science/communication, a masters degree in elementary instruction, and a doctorate in educational leadership.Earlier phases of Winningham’s professional career include several years as a systems’ analyst in the infancy of the computerization of corporate operations and a twenty-year period as a performing artist and entrepreneur. She was a member of the Chicago Free Street Theater for fifteen years, having joined the original core company in 1970. She later became the company’s Associate Producer. An Actor’s Equity/AFTRA member, she appeared in the film, Somewhere In Time opposite Christopher Reeves; performed at regional theaters including Chicago’s Goodman Theater and Center Stage in Baltimore; and, created and performed the puppet character, Zubina, in the CBS-TV show, INK: Interesting News for Kids, having studied the art of puppetry with Burr Tillstrom. Winningham is the founder of Contemporary Theater Experiences for Youth Chicago. CTEY’S brief history is distinguished by performances at the Goodman Theater and a commission executed for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Currently, Noreen Winningham is engaged in authoring a history-of-current-events blog and completing several, decades-old scripts for the stage and film.