A group of 24 students, faculty, and staff at Proviso East High School were honored for their work and achievements at the regular Board of Education meeting on Tuesday, June 11, at Proviso East.
Mr. Tony Valente, principal at Proviso East, recognized the honorees for their work in different areas at the school. Mr. Andre Zabrodsky, chairman of the Proviso East math department was among those honored. Mr. Valente credited Mr. Zabrodsky for "going over and beyond the call of duty by integrating the Common Core into all of the math instruction."
"We really appreciate the innovation he brings," Mr. Valente said.
He also recognized the yearbook committee who oversaw the production of the "Pirate’s Cove." He credited the students on the committee, which included Brandon Carlton, Cornell Colbert, Rosemary Littleton, Augustine Smith, and Maryah Weddington. He also credited Mrs. Sarah McAllister, the yearbook sponsor.
"In my 14 years as an administrator, this is probably the best yearbook I’ve seen," Mr. Valente said.
Others recognized by Mr. Valente and Ms. Kisha Lang, assistant principal at Proviso East, at Tuesday’s board meeting were the following: Ms. Sarah Jablonski, a social worker at Proviso East; Mrs. Marcia LaPorte, art teacher; and Mrs. Mary Swanson, physical education teacher, for their work in organizing the Community Service Learning Day on May 9. Also honored was the graduation committee for its work in organizing the Proviso East graduation ceremony at UIC Pavilion on May 26: Ms. Cina McCray, science teacher; Mr. George Pappas, guidance counselor; Ms. Tamara Robinson, math teacher; Ms. Mary Turner, physical education department chair; and Ms. Tiffany Vance, nurse. In addition, Mr. Valente presented the PSAE committee of Mrs. Deanna Adams, secretary; Mr. Donald Cain, English teacher; Mrs. Ashley Glickman, English teacher; Mrs. Daphne Hill, art teacher; Mr. David Hill, math teacher; Mr. Christopher Lopresti, English teacher; Ms. Johnnie Rhea Lucas, guidance secretary; Mrs. Monica Manfredi, registrar; and Mr. Mark Ondracek, guidance counselor, for their work in preparing students for the ACT/PSAE in April.
In other news, Mr. Daniel Adams, board president, gave credit for how the district’s three graduation ceremonies were organized.
"We had a great graduation," he said. "I want to congratulate everyone who brought it to fruition."