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Local educators receive National Board certification

SUGAR GROVE – Getting to the Kaneland Board of Education meeting was challenging, but by incorporating some speed walking during her route through the halls of Kaneland Harter Middle School, Mary Doranski made it there just in time.

Who would’ve expected otherwise from Doranski, who is, after all, a challenge teacher at Blackberry Creek Elementary School in Elburn.

Doranski was one of three teachers/administrators who were recognized by District 302 Superintendent Dr. Todd Leden during the Jan. 17 meeting for becoming board certified by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards.

According to NBPTS, students who are taught by National Board Certified Teachers learn more than students taught by other teachers. The estimates of the increase in learning are on the order of an additional one to two months of instruction and the positive impact is even greater for high-need students.

"The process for National Board Certification is rigorous and exemplifies the teacher's passion for students, learning and honing their craft as an educator,” Leden said. “Through this cohort program, our three staff members learned on their own and also from their peers. Only 3 percent of teachers are National Board Certified so earning this designation is truly going above and beyond in their role as an educator.”

Martne McCoy, principal at Blackberry Creek Elementary School, said that Doranski is loyal and committed to her career.

“She’s been extremely dedicated to those she serves,” McCoy said. “Often times she will think way outside of the box, solving problems and supporting the students and their needs. I couldn’t be more proud of how dedicated Mary has been.”

Patrick Raleigh, principal at Kaneland McDole Elementary School in Montgomery, shared the news that Sadie Stark, a physical education/health teacher at Kaneland McDole Elementary School, also is now certified.

“In my first year at McDole I’ve inherited a fantastic staff and Sadie is a part of that staff and she does a phenomenal job,” Raleigh said. “She’s student-centered, an outside of the box thinker and will do anything from P.E. to intervention to coming to me heading up a great idea to involving the community. It’s just indicative of who she is and the hard work she puts in. We’re very lucky to have her at McDole.”

Samantha Aversa, who became dean of students at Kaneland Harter Middle School in Sugar Grove at the beginning of the school year in 2017, also completed certification.

Her principal at Harter, Brian Faulkner, said he has worked with numerous teachers that have gone through the certification process, such as Aversa.

“The one thing I’ve always known is you truly need to be student-centered in order to obtain this, and she is truly student-centered,” Faulkner said. “She has done so many awesome things at Harter already as our dean, and it’s not an easy position. It’s a very difficult position, but her positivity and her student-centered attitude is really what makes her a great fit with our team and family at Harter.”

Additionally, the Kishwaukee Division of the Illinois Principals Association nominated Shelley Hueber, principal at John Shields Elementary School in Sugar Grove, for an award.

“I feel the significance for these types of recognition awards is that either a peer, co-worker or fellow IPA member has nominated Shelley for this award,” Leden said. “This indicates that throughout the year there were experiences or work accomplished in her role that others took notice of or learned from to nominate principal Hueber for this award. Principal Hueber is truly deserving of this recognition.”

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