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District 117 teacher becomes National Board-certified

North Palos District 117 teacher LindRyzner recently became National Board Certified Teacher. | Supplied Photo

North Palos District 117 teacher Linda Ryzner recently became a National Board Certified Teacher. | Supplied Photo

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Updated: March 4, 2013 6:11AM



For nearly 40 years, Linda Ryzner has served as a teacher and later team leader in North Palos School District 117. And during those four decades she has continued to place a great deal of importance on being a lifelong learner.

As part of that lifelong learning process and to help her grow professionally, Ryzner decided to become a National Board Certified Teacher. She spent years completing rigorous projects and demonstrating advanced teaching knowledge, skills and practices.

Recently, Ryzner spent eight more grueling months to become recertified as a National Board Certified Teacher, which is the highest credential available to American educators through the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards. She was one of only 83 board-certified teachers in Illinois that achieved renewal of their Master Teacher certificates.

“Mrs. Ryzner’s accomplishment represents the pinnacle of professional accomplishment in teaching,” said National Board President and CEO Ron Thorpe.

National Board certification is achieved through a rigorous, performance-based, peer-reviewed assessment of a teacher’s pedagogical skills and content knowledge. The certification is valid for 10 years after which teachers are invited to renew by completing a Profile of Professional Growth, which requires them to provide evidence that their teaching practices continue to meet the standards for their initial certification.

Ryzner spent eight months preparing for her recertification. Board-certified teachers demonstrate advanced teaching knowledge, skills and practices similar to the certifications earned by experts in law and medicine.

North Palos has five board-certified teachers in the district.

Ryzner said she spent the eight months preparing for the recertification by documenting her professional growth over the last 10 years while focusing on increasing student learning while maintaining the highest and most rigorous standards of National Board Certified teachers.

“In my role as a team leader at both Sorrick and Dorn schools, I continue to be a lifelong learner as I grow professionally, reflect on student learning, incorporate best practices into instructional design and enhance student learning by setting new goals and expectations for all students at the schools,” she said.

Ryzner said she appreciates all the support she gets from her colleagues, administrators and other district staff.

“I enjoy working with each and every one of you, as you make District 117 the ‘special place’ it is,” she said during a reception held recently in her honor at the district office. “It is such an honor to work in such a great place with such great people.”

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