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This year has brought a lot of change for our district implementation of Common Core State Standards, Performance Tasks, K-8 MAP, FOSS, Discovery Education – the National Board Certification process would be a highly effective way to observe, reflect, and analyze the impact these changes have had on your instructional practices and students.

School District 62 supports cohort program. There are 200 additional scholarships available until October 30th if you would like to pursue your National Board Certification this year.

Benefits of just completing the process:

  • Enhances reflective and analytical thinking about instructional practices, goal-setting, and the impact on student learning.
  • Fulfills continuing professional development requirements for state certificate renewal.
  • Earn 3 Graduate credit hours

Benefits of becoming a National Board Certified Teacher:

  • Illinois Master Teaching Certificate valid for 10 years
  • Illinois and D62 stipend
  • 9 Graduate credit hours available

If you would like to become a candidate, please contact Sheleen DeLockery at

Four District 62 Teachers Achieve Teaching’s Highest Standard – Teachers Anne Beranek and William Snyder, Iroquois Community School; Jeannie Pantelin, Cumberland Elementary School; and Jaclyn Fuentes, Plainfield Elementary School; earned the highest credential available to American educators by recently becoming National Board Certified Teachers (NBCTs) through the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards.

Board of Education President Murphy presented each NBCT with a Certificate of Achievement and thanked them for their commitment to excellence in teaching. NBPTS is recognized as the source for the highest standards and practices that lead to improved teaching, leading and learning. A voluntary assessment program designed to develop, retain and recognize accomplished teachers, and to embed ongoing school improvement in schools nationwide, National Board Certification is achieved through performance-based assessment and testing that takes one to three years to complete.

While state teacher credentialing programs set the basic requirements to teach in each state, National Board Certified Teachers must demonstrate advanced teaching knowledge, skills and practices. Completion of the NBCT certification process signifies that teachers have developed and demonstrated the skills required of an accomplished education professional. By completing the certification renewal process, these accomplished teachers show that they continue to meet the nation's highest teaching standards.

For more information on NBCTs and state-by-state data related to the 2013 class of National Board Certified Teachers, please visit National Board for Professional Teaching Standards website.

For more information on NBPTS and state-by-state data related to the 2011 class of National Board Certified Teachers, please visit National Board for Professional Teaching Standards website.

School District 62 currently has twenty-two certified teachers, according to the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards.

DeLockery received her Board Certification in 2005 as a middle school language arts/literature teacher in School District 300, before coming to District 62. DeLockery said the experience – and especially the reflection of the course – were invaluable and dramatically improved her teaching.

"It is a lot of work," she said, "but it's something that you want to do for your practice because you're focusing on yourself and your teaching. As a teacher, we get so busy that we don't reflect on what we're doing, that's why it's a really valuable process. I'm a much more reflective teacher and administrator because of it."

Elizabeth Abelson
Teacher, Cumberland Elementary School
Anne Beranek
Teacher, Iroquois Community School
Jorgia Breitzmann
Kindergarten Teacher, Forest Elementary School
Michelle Cucchi
Teacher, Central Elementary School
Grace Curtis
Teacher, North Elementary School
Jaclyn Fuentes
Teacher, Plainfield Elementary School
Dr. Regina Gurskey
Teacher, North Elementary School
Colleen Harrold
Teacher, Central Elementary School
Virginia Haase
Teacher, Plainfield Elementary School
Karen Higginson
Teacher, North Elementary School
Lynne Joyce
Teacher, Forest Elementary School
Dr. Leah Kimmelman
Principal, Chippewa Middle School
Kristan Krupinski
Teacher, Cumberland Elementary School
Abraham Lee
Teacher, North Elementary School
Judy McManus
Teacher, Forest Elementary School
Connie Smith
Teacher, Chippewa Middle School
Jelena Todorovich
Teacher, Cumberland Elementary School
Christine McKelvey
Teacher, North Elementary School
Jeannie Pantelin
Teacher, Cumberland Elementary School
William Snyder
Teacher, Iroquois Community School
Catherine Wiemann
Teacher, Algonquin Middle School

Office of Human Resources

Dr. Paul E. Hertel
Interim Superintendent
(847) 824-1061

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