Meet Our Facilitator

Erin Niebrugge

Erin Niebrugge

Erin Niebrugge graduated from Eastern Illinois University in May of 2015 with a degree in Mathematics, and began her teaching career at Effingham High School. In December of 2017, she obtained her master’s degree in Business Administration from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. Shortly after obtaining her MBA, Erin began working at St. Elmo High School where she diversified her content areas and discovered her passion for business. St. Elmo has given her experience teaching Business and Marketing in cooperation with the Lake Land College Dual Credit Program while improving her instruction in mathematics as well as giving her the opportunity to develop new course curriculums.  

During her time at St. Elmo High School, Erin co-taught and co-developed a Community Service Class. This class allowed students to organize events to help fundraise money for charities in Fayette County. Through this experience, Erin was able to watch students grow in professionalism, organization, and interpersonal skills. It was seeing students develop these types of skills that attracted her to the CEO program.  Erin is excited and passionate about the real-life, hands-on experience that CEO brings to students. She believes that there is much to be learned from both  failure and persistence.

Along with her passion to transform the lives of students, Erin has a drive to reform the teacher preparation system. Erin works for the Golden Apple Foundation during summers as a reflective leader. In this position, Erin mentors and guides pre-service teachers through classroom struggles and experiences. This program gives education majors across the state the opportunity to gain classroom experience while also obtaining professional development from award winning teachers. Having been a 2011 scholar, Erin sees the benefits that this program has offered her through mentorship and networking. She hopes to translate her mentorship experience through the foundation to students in her CEO class.

Erin graduated from Newton Community High School in 2011.  She returns to Jasper County as the CEO facilitator and part time Business Teacher at NCHS. Erin recognizes the opportunities that have come to Jasper County since her time there. She is very excited to connect students to businesses within Jasper County to help them explore potential career options and discover the entrepreneurial opportunities that Jasper County has to offer.