Board of Education Honors PMSA Teachers “In Pursuit of Academic Excellence”
November 20, 2014 03:45 PM
The Proviso Township High Schools District 209 Board of Education honored the faculty at Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy as those who excel at its regular meeting on Tuesday, November 18, at PMSA. It was also announced at the meeting that district teachers who were a part of PMSA last year will be awarded a $1,500 bonus.
Dr. Bessie Karvelas, principal at PMSA, said that her school has excelled as PMSA has been recognized as among the top high schools in the state of Illinois and the nation by different outlets. PMSA students also recorded its highest scores in school history on the Prairie State Achievement Examination (PSAE) in 2014, with 82 percent of PMSA juniors meeting or exceeding standards on the reading portion of the test and 80 percent passing the math portion, a 15.5 percent increase and 15.9 percent increase, respectively. The percent increase also is the highest in school history. She credited the teachers at PMSA for the high scores.
"This could not have been done without our exceptional faculty who have committed themselves to the success of their students and school," Dr. Karvelas said. "These teachers and counselors go above and beyond."
She gave special honors to Ms. Erin Mason, a PMSA English teacher who received an Award of Recognition from the Illinois State Board of Education on October 25 in Normal as part of the ISBE’s Those Who Excel Awards Program. Dr. Karvelas said that Ms. Mason is a "Rising Star."
"Her students make connections, draw conclusions, and analyze the world around them," Dr. Karvelas said. "Her passion and enthusiasm quiver through the walls of the classroom. Her students show an 8 percent growth rate from ninth to 10th grade."
Mr. Daniel J. Adams, president of the Board of Education, said that the teachers at PMSA deserve their honors.
"It’s a great job," he said. "I’m proud of all of you."
Dr. Nettie Collins-Hart, superintendent for District 209, said that the faculty, staff, and administrators have worked hard to make PMSA one of the best schools in the state.
"PMSA is a top school, and the students and teachers have stepped up, worked hard, and made PMSA a top-performing school," she said. "They deserve to be commended for their hard work and accomplishment, and I look forward to continuing to see great things come from PMSA."
Dr. Karvelas said that all faculty at PMSA will be known as "Those Who Excel." The following were honored:
- Ms. Mahera Beidas, a PMSA science teacher
- Ms. Renee Braun, a PMSA English teacher
- Mr. Matt Brown, a PMSA fine arts and music teacher
- Ms. Cristin Chiganos, PMSA English department chair
- Mr. Steven Colwell, a PMSA social studies teacher
- Ms. Shoshana Fiala, PMSA librarian
- Mr. Mike Kozma, a PMSA social studies teacher
- Dr. Cynthia Daniels, a PMSA science teacher
- Ms. Darlyne Delaney, a PMSA world languages teacher
- Ms. Kim Demitro, a PMSA science teacher
- Mr. Matt Dillard, a PMSA math teacher
- Dr. Rob Fisher, a PMSA math teacher
- Ms. Silvia Foti, a PMSA English teacher
- Ms. Audra Gart, a PMSA world language teacher
- Ms. Patricia Howard, PMSA humanities department chair
- Ms. Kathleen Maltese, a PMSA art teacher
- Mr. Rob Markus, a PMSA English teacher
- Ms. Erin Mason, a PMSA English teacher
- Dr. Greta Mitchell-Williams, a PMSA science teacher
- Ms. Lauren O’Connor, a PMSA math teacher
- Mr. Omar Orozco, a PMSA world languages teacher
- Ms. Amy Paulus, a PMSA guidance counselor
- Mr. Dan Pellegrini, a PMSA math teacher
- Ms. Constance Paprocki, a PMSA guidance counselor
- Mr. Robert Reich, a PMSA physical education teacher
- Ms. Rebecca Resnick, a PMSA math teacher
- Ms. Elizabeth Restivo, a PMSA world languages teacher
- Ms. Rachel Sands, a PMSA English teacher
- Ms. Jessica Schaub, a PMSA wellness teacher
- Ms. Mary Scherer-Emunds, a PMSA art teacher
- Dr. Alvaro Serna, a PMSA science teacher
- Ms. Jennifer Stompor, a PMSA math teacher
- Mr. Vince Stubstad, a PMSA wellness teacher
- Ms. Michelle Vogt-Schuller, a PMSA social studies teacher
- Mr. John Wardisiani, PMSA math/science department chair
- Mr. Michael Wedderburn, a PMSA math teacher
- Mr. Peter Zak, a PMSA wellness teacher
Dr. Karvelas also discussed the improvement in test scores at PMSA in 2014. She said that along with recording the highest PSAE scores in school history, the differences in scores between African-American and Hispanic students were minimal.
"There is no achievement gap," she said. "They go far beyond the scores of safe harbor."
Mr. Brian Cross, vice president of the Board of Education, said that PMSA teachers and administrators "deserve to be lauded."