Shilo DeYoung, an MTSS facilitator at Heineman Middle School, is one of 127 teachers across the state of Illinois to certify and one of the 336 teachers to recertify as a National Board Certified Teacher (NBCT).

Huntley 158, alongside the National Board Resource Center at Illinois State University, is excited to celebrate and congratulate Mrs. DeYoung along with thousands of other educators currently pursuing Board certification – seen as the profession’s mark of accomplished teaching.

“I completed the National Board Certification process 10 years ago and went through the renewal process last school year. I was notified in December that I was renewed as an Exceptional Needs Specialist. It is an intense process that requires several papers and video recordings,” said Mrs. DeYoung.

A comprehensive study by the nonpartisan National Research Council found that students taught by Board Certified Teachers make higher gains on achievement tests than students taught by non-certified teachers. While state licensing systems set the basic requirements for teaching in each state, National Board Certified Teachers have demonstrated advanced teaching knowledge, skills, and practices. NBPTS certification identifies qualified teachers as leaders in their field, much like the certifications earned by experts in law and medicine. In short, NBCTs embody the quality of education that families want for their children.

“The renewal process allowed me to engage with ways to prioritize my students’ well being as learners, which has been a passion of mine for a long time. I was able to expand on strategies to help struggling learners and also see the impact of my work to engage students and address their needs. I’m looking forward to continuing to improve my contributions to student learning in and outside of the classroom,” said Mrs. DeYoung.

Huntley 158 is so proud to house such outstanding educators such as Mrs. DeYoung who showcase their dedication to education on a daily basis and embody our mission of All Students Always.