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CV - Dean Cantu & Melissa Hostetter | TEDxUofISpringfield

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(L-R) Dean Cantu, Melissa Hostetter

Originally aired April 7, 2021.

TEDxUofISpringfield talk from Dean Cantu -- Why Are We Obsessed with the Image of Death?

Dean Cantu is Associate Dean and Director of the Department of Education, Counseling, and Leadership at Bradley University. He has traveled to all 50 states with his wife and three children, the oldest of whom is currently a graduate student at UIS.  He is a former U.S. Army military intelligence officer and high school history/social studies teacher, and currently serves as a professor of history/social studies education. His TEDxTalk on the personification of Death, within the context of the current pandemic, represents the nexus of his teaching and research specialization areas of history and social studies - particularly sociology and psychology.

Melissa Hostetter is a 7th grade language arts teacher in Springfield, Illinois and a graduate student in the Masters of Education program at University of Illinois Springfield.  She is also a trainee in the MSLE (Multisensory Structured Language Education) Practitioner program through the Children’s Dyslexia Center of Springfield.  She received her teaching certificate from the University of Illinois Springfield in 2010 and earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work from Asbury University in 1998.  She is passionate about advocating for equity in education and sound instructional practices.

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