School District 81 in Schiller Park adds two more board-certified teachers
Updated: March 22, 2013 6:09AM
Two teachers who have achieved National Board Certification were recognized at a recent District 81 Board of Education meeting in Schiller Park.
Those teachers, Barbara Folan and Louise Stompor, passed the assessments on their first attempt.
There are now six national board certified teachers in District 81.
The mission of the National Board is to advance student learning and achievement by establishing high standards for certifying teachers and engaging leaders in the field of education through this process.
The process to become a national board certified teacher is rigorous, with performance-based assessments that take a year to complete. The assessments include teaching portfolios, student work samples and videotaped lessons with the teachers’ self-reflection on the teaching and learning in their lessons.
Candidates are also required to take a three-hour computer-based exam that includes six essay questions. Only an estimated 30 percent of teachers pass on their first attempt.
“I am grateful to work in District 81, where our individual development as teachers is so valued,” Stompor said. “The process was so rigorous, but very well supported by my administrators and colleagues.”
School District 81’s Superintendent of Schools Kimberly Boryszewski, offered her congratulations.
“These educators demonstrate their commitment not only to School District 81 and the children of the community, but also to the field of education,” she said. “They exemplify the values that I see at work in our school community every day — hard work, dedication, support to one another and a drive to excel.”~.