Forest Park, IL...
Proviso Township High School District 209 said, "Thank you" and "A job well done" to 60 of its employees – including 12 who are retiring at the end of the school year. The employees were recognized at the annual Faculty and Staff Retirement and Recognition Dinner on May 16 at the Midwest Conference Center in Northlake.
The faculty and staff members were celebrated at the special dinner for their extraordinary contributions to the district. They included 25 employees who have served in the district for at least 15 years, four who earned a graduate degree during the past year, and 19 faculty and staff members who made a special contribution and effort to the district and its schools.
"I know that you are proud, and we are proud of you," said Dr. Nettie Collins-Hart, superintendent of District 209.
Mr. Daniel Adams, president of the Board of Education, said that the banquet was one small piece of appreciation of the employees’ hard work.
"You are the backbone of our district, and we would not be able to do what we do in our schools without your hard work and dedication," he told them. "Please know that we appreciate everything you do for our students and our schools."
Many of the retiring faculty and staff members left final thoughts for the district.
Mr. Lawrence Broughton, a social studies teacher at Proviso East for the last nine years, said that he appreciated the opportunities he has had.
"I appreciate the tremendous opportunity Proviso Township has afforded me to help young people learn and grow through teaching U.S. government, constitutional law, and African-American history," he said.
Mr. Michael Brazier, a science and physical education teacher at Proviso West for 46 years, said that all students have talent.
"We as educators must search it out, expose it, and help students use it to pull themselves up the success ladder," he said. "We sometimes must use unconventional methods to teach traditional ‘stuff.’"
The following faculty and staff were recognized for their service and contributions to District 209:
Congratulations, faculty and staff. Thank you for all you do to "Help Keep Proviso Rising."