The 28 new teachers of Proviso East High School, Proviso West High School, and Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy were welcomed to District 209 at the annual New Teacher Orientation on August 10 and 11 at PMSA.
During the two-day orientation, the teachers learned the ropes of working in Proviso Township High Schools, attending sessions of instruction that works and effective classroom management strategies to how to use the PowerSchool system and emergency procedures in their buildings.
They also heard from Dr. Nettie Collins-Hart, superintendent of District 209. She encouraged the teachers to participate in the life of their respective schools.
"We have emphasized what is important, and that is education," she said. "Our goal is for you to be the best that you can be. Let’s make 2015-2016 the best it can be."
New teachers said that they found useful information in the orientation.
Mr. David Appelman, who is teaching math at Proviso East, said that he appreciate having a good hands-on experience with the PowerSchool.
"(Other schools) tended to focus on theory," he said. "This has been very good in terms of learning procedures. I felt like it’s been very helpful."
Ms. Lori Coughran, a Proviso West special education teacher, said that she liked being able to meet her fellow teachers and other in the District.
"It’s been very helpful meeting my new colleagues and start networking," she said.
Mr. Peter Scheidler, a new PMSA math teacher said, echoed Ms. Coughran’s statements, saying that he appreciated learning from veterans of the District.
"It’s nice to network with other people who have used (the systems) and bounce off ideas and sharing a few thing I found," he said.
The following teachers are new to District 209 this school year:
- Mr. Alexander Zalar, Proviso East math teacher
- Ms. Gloria Washington, Proviso East special education teacher
- Ms. Alexandra Zajkowski, Proviso East English teacher
- Ms. Cathy Hillegonds, Proviso East science teacher
- Ms. Krystle Jones, Proviso East English teacher
- Mr. Daniel Sutton, Proviso East physical education teacher
- Mr. Gregory Whisler, Proviso East science teacher
- Ms. Ashley Avila, Proviso East English teacher
- Mr. Andrew Moffett, Proviso East English teacher
- Ms. Jessica Olsen, Proviso East family and consumer science teacher
- Mr. Cletis Seals, Proviso East band director
- Ms. Sarah Manos, Proviso East world languages teacher
- Ms. Michele Saporito, Proviso East math teacher
- Mr. David Appelman, Proviso East math teacher
- Mr. David Zinder, Proviso East math teacher
- Ms. Jeanine Rainey, Proviso East English teacher
- Mr. Thomas Williams, Proviso East physical education teacher
- Ms. JoDonna Gautsch, Proviso East special education teacher
- Mr. Patrick McGeady, Proviso East science teacher
- Ms. Asna Qureshi, Proviso West math teacher
- Mr. Jason Quint, Proviso West applied technology teacher
- Mr. Larry Spires, Proviso West math teacher
- Ms. Lori Coughran, Proviso West special education teacher
- Ms. Jaime Adkins, Proviso West physical education teacher
- Mr. Allan Bobiles, Proviso West math teacher
- Ms. Rebecca Tanaka, PMSA world languages teacher
- Ms. Jennifer Kissane, PMSA math teacher
- Mr. Peter Scheidler, PMSA math teacher
Welcome to Proviso!