Heljä Antola Crowe

Heljä Antola Crowe

Executive Director, Center for Teaching Excellence and Learning, Professor

    Westlake Hall 238
    (309) 677-4454


Ph.D., Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Mississippi
M.A., Educational Administration
B.A., Early Childhood from the University of Jyväskylä, Finland


Dr. Antola Crowe has taught at the early childhood and collegiate levels for 25 years, both in Finland and the United States. She is the William T. Kemper Teaching Excellence Fellow overseeing the Professional Development School Project in Peoria, Illinois.


Dr. Antola Crowe is the author of many research and pedagogical publications on empowerment, early childhood curriculum, wellbeing and the workplace and other topics, including a book entitled The ethnography of Empowerment: The transformative power of classroom interaction. She has conducted hundreds of refereed, and invited presentations and workshops locally, nationally and internationally on learner empowerment, pedagogy in all areas of the curriculum, curricular integration; program evaluation, portfolio assessment, professional growth; cross-cultural competence and diversity, wellbeing, ethnography in educational research; brain-based learning and teaching, developmentally and culturally appropriate practices; educational goals; community building, social-emotional learning in student achievement; and professional development schools.


She works in the university community to facilitate international activities and is involved with the Peoria Area Friends of International Students. She is active in Phi Kappa Phi and serves as the faculty advisor for the Bradley Association for the Education of Young Children, as well as the Peoria Grow Your Own Teachers program.