Proviso East Teacher Earns National Board Certification
January 11, 2013 09:00 AM
Maywood, IL...Every teacher needs to get recertified at different times during their career.
When the time came for Daphne Hill, an art teacher at Proviso East High School, three years ago, she decided to aim higher than Illinois state certification. She aimed for national board certification from the National Board of Professional Teaching Standards. In late November, she was informed that she had achieved her goal.
"This was a bigger evaluation tool," said Ms. Hill, who has spent her entire 11-year teaching career at Proviso East High School after getting her master’s degree from the Art Institute in Chicago. "It makes the kids more reflective of what they’ve done."
Ms. Hill said that she first considered applying for national board certification following an Illinois Art Association conference shortly after graduating from college. After teaching for a few years, she decided to apply.
"When my certification came up, I thought I’d give it a shot," she said.
The application process was a long one, Ms. Hill said. Along with submitting her portfolio, the application also required her to make two videos of teaching her classes. She also was required to document her accomplishments from her career and take a written examination testing her on her knowledge of art.
"I wanted to see how I stacked up honestly," she said.
Tony Valente, principal at Proviso East, said that the honor shows her and other teachers’ dedication to their students.
"It shows where our mindset is at least in creating teachers and encouraging them to pursue national board certification," Mr. Valente said. "She is an outstanding teacher and deserves to be recognized."
Being national board certified means Ms. Hill is now qualified to teach in any state in the country for the next 10 years. This is opposed to the standard Illinois teacher certification that is renewable every five years.
The national board certification continues a tradition of excellence among teachers in District 209. With this achievement, Ms. Hill joins fellow Proviso East High School teachers, Jennifer Miller, who teaches family and consumer sciences; and Rebecca Josefek, who teaches special education, as the district’s national board certified teachers.
"Daphne Hill earning her national board certification is reflective of the dedication toward professional excellence of our teachers in and out of the classroom," said Dr. Nettie Collins-Hart, superintendent of District 209. "I encourage other teachers to pursue this worthwhile credential and the district wants to put in place structures to support them in that effort."
Ms. Hill said that she plans to expand her reach to more community-oriented projects, including murals with groups, Art Forward and CeaseFire in Chicago.