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PMSA Counselor Honored by Board of Education

November 25, 2015 09:10 AM
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A guidance counselor at Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy was recognized for her work by the Proviso Township High Schools District 209 Board of Education at its regular meeting on Tuesday, November 10, at PMSA.
 
Ms. Amy Paulus recently won an Award of Recognition from the Illinois State Board of Education as part of the ISBE’s Those Who Excel Awards Program on October 17 in Normal. Dr. Bessie Karvelas, principal at PMSA, said that Ms. Paulus is a hard worker who is continually asked to sponsor student programs such as the National Honor Society.
 
"She is considered gifted and talented within her own right," Dr. Karvelas said of Ms. Paulus said. "Her valuable expertise, her commitment, her loyalty to the administration, to the students, to the faculty and to the school add to the foundation that helps support PMSA."
 
In other news, Dr. Nettie Collins-Hart, superintendent of District 209, reported that the District had recently been honored by the Des Plaines Valley Region (DVR) Education for Employment for "Best Practices" for two of their career and technical education programs. One of the awards was for the District’s barber and cosmetology programs that were started last year.
 
Mrs. Kim Echols, assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction for District 209, said that 42 students are currently enrolled in the cosmetology program, and students can earn their license in a two-year program. She added that the program has been so successful that a neighboring high school, Oak Park River Forest High School, asked about partnering with District 209 in the program.
 
The programs are among the latest successes for District 209.
 
Mrs. Theresa Kelly, president of the District 209 Board of Education, said that in recent months, the District has instituted a number of changes including a free breakfast and lunch program for all students, began a restorative justice program for students, hired a new principal and assistant principal at Proviso East High School, began a new truancy prevention program, earmarked $2 million for new textbooks, and began a "Day of Care" at Proviso East, among other moves. She said that she would continue to work to expand opportunities for students.
 
"The lives of our students is my top priority, and I will work tirelessly to achieve that goal," Mrs. Kelly said.  
 
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