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12 Crystal Lake-based School District 155 teachers earn National Board certification

The Community High School District 155 Board recognized 12 teachers who received their National Board certification May 15. Pictured are Melissa Shasteen (from left front), Danica Esquivel, Karah Veldhoff, Stephanie Sukow, Andrew Wagner, District 155 Superintendent Steve Olson (from left top), Amy Blazier, Aaron Cummins and Matt Timmerman.
The Community High School District 155 Board recognized 12 teachers who received their National Board certification May 15. Pictured are Melissa Shasteen (from left front), Danica Esquivel, Karah Veldhoff, Stephanie Sukow, Andrew Wagner, District 155 Superintendent Steve Olson (from left top), Amy Blazier, Aaron Cummins and Matt Timmerman.

Twelve Community High School District 155 teachers have earned National Board certification by completing a rigorous performance-based assessment of their skills and knowledge. The National Board recognizes this certification as a gold standard for teaching that benefits student learning.

The recipients are Missy Berg, Aaron Cummins, Danica Esquivel, Devin Hester, Kristine Hester, Matt Rogers, Melissa Shasteen, Stephanie Sukow, Elizabeth VandeMoortel, Karah Veldhoff, Andrew Wagner and Patrick Whalen.

“The National Board certification process challenged me to be more reflective in my practice and examine student growth from a variety of perspectives,” Sukow said.

Board-certified teachers must complete four components: assessment of knowledge; reflection on student work samples; video and analysis of teaching practices; and documentation of the effectiveness of assessment and collaboration on student learning. This certification identifies qualified teachers in their field, much like the certifications earned by experts in law and medicine.

Illinois is ranked sixth in the nation for the total number of National Board-certified teachers. In District 155, a total of 19 teachers and staff have earned this certification.

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