Dr. Theodora Franck – Upper School Social Studies and Northwestern University Coordinator

Dr. Theodora Franck


My name is Dori Franck and I began my career at UTHS in East Moline, Illinois. I subsequently taught at GBN High School in Northbrook, Illinois for 30 years. Additionally, I taught for the Glenbrook evening school helping dropout students earn their high school diploma. I am an adjunct professor at Concordia University and taught for the CTD program at Northwestern University. At Roycemore, I currently teach AP psychology, U.S. History, and a variety of semester psychology courses. I am also the Northwestern Coordinator and Co-Sponsor of our yearbook.

I have been fortunate to have been the recipient of a variety of awards, such as GBN’s Distinguished Teacher of the Year, Calvin College Excellence in Teaching, AP Psychology Notable Instructor, Golden Apple Nominee, GBN Distinguished Service Award, Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers, Eastern Illinois University Excellence in Teaching Award, and chosen to be a member of Augustana College Teacher Development Board and an AP Advocate for the State of Illinois.

My dissertation was entitled, Teaching Empathy for the Military Experience to High School Students. I am passionate about extending that study into my classrooms. It is my goal not only to teach content to students, but also to help them become productive, compassionate and well-rounded citizens.


  • Ed.D. Educational Leadership & Organizational Change
  • M.S. Counseling
  • B.A. Psychology

Favorite Quote

“Teach like the world depends on it.”

Why do you teach? What is the impact you hope to make on students?

I LOVE teaching. I cannot think of a more noble profession and the opportunity to work with young minds.

Why Roycemore?

I chose Roycemore since it would be an entirely new experience for me. I have spent over 30 years in the public education sector and usually had classes that were quite large. I thought it would be a nice change of pace to be able to work with students in smaller groups and get to know them better.