When you walk into Ms. Josefek’s class on the first floor of Proviso East High School, one thing that stands out is the high expectations. Posted on the left side of the chalk board, the expectations are: be ready to learn, be prepared, be respectful, and be on time. For Ms. Josefek, one of her major goals is that she be ready to teach. She recently earned her National Teaching Certification.
The National Board for Professional Teaching Standards is designed to improve teaching and student learning. Like board-certified doctors and accountants, teachers who achieve National Board Certification have met rigorous standards through intensive study, expert evaluation, self-assessment and peer review. National Board Certified Teachers are deemed highly accomplished educators who meet high and rigorous standards. Though the process for becoming a nationally certified teacher was rigorous and extensive, Josefek says it all fits into her larger focus on student success.
“I would say that student success is always at the top of my list of greatest accomplishments,” she said. “I always want to improve myself and see how I can become better in the classroom. When I become better, I help my students become better. That is the greatest part. I always get really overwhelmed by their success. It is all about the kids—seeing and celebrating their successes.”
PTHS 209 Superintendent Dr. Nettie Collins-Hart commended Ms. Josefek for going beyond the call of duty, being recognized by a national teaching organization, putting forth the effort, and giving her best.
“I have to agree that The National Board Certification is part of the growing education reform movement that is advancing student learning, improving teaching and making schools better,” said Collins-Hart. “Whenever we have a teacher who presses toward their own professional development, it makes our schools better. It makes our students better, and it serves as a professional example. We want to make sure that we have qualified educators in every single classroom. Ms. Josefek reaches that level of qualification and beyond.”
With her national teaching certification, Ms. Josefek is considered a highly accomplished educator. In a congressionally-mandated study, National Board Certification was recently recognized by the National Research Council as having a positive impact on student achievement, teacher retention, and professional development. Proviso Township High Schools supports and encourages educators who pursue this professional milestone.
Congratulations Ms. Josefek! You are a vital part of Proviso Rising.