Nick Shudak received his BS.Ed degree from Northern Illinois University His studies included Elementary Education and Political Science. He taught elementary school in Rockford and Naperville, Illinois before moving onto graduate school. In 2003 Shudak earned an MS.Ed degree from Northern Illinois University in Foundations of Education with an emphasis in philosophy of education. His graduate studies continued at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. In 2009, Shudak earned a PhD in Culture, Curriculum, and Change with emphases in philosophy of education and teacher education. He is currently an assistant professor of teacher education and the Division of Education Chair at Mount Marty College.