When teachers work to become better, the whole world becomes better around them. From professional learning communities to higher education, Proviso East teachers are on the move working to make a difference in the lives of the students they serve.
Ms. Reiger has taught at Proviso East High School for over 20 years. She has taught English and reading, and now she serves as Reading Department Chairman. She has also served as a Creating Independence Through Student-Owned Strategies (CRISSsm) Trainer, a Content Area Reading Specialist (CARS), and Literacy Coordinator. She has been involved with the School Improvement Planning Committee, the District Improvement Planning Committee, and she has served as a part of the North Central Accreditation Team (NCA). After all of her contributions as an educator, Ms. Reiger hopes to give a little bit more. She has recently completed her doctorate in Higher Education and Organizational Leadership from Benedictine University—another tool in her educational tool box.
“I hope to use what I’ve learned as a tool to better prepare my students,” said Ms. Reiger. “I can become a stronger liaison between them and higher education because I have a better understanding of the facets of common core standards and the importance of building strong partnerships between secondary education and higher education. I can now better prepare them for what to expect and help them create models for success.”
Ms. Reiger is one of many Proviso teachers constantly working to become better in the classroom and beyond. PTHS 209 Superintendent Dr. Nettie Collins-Hart says this is vital to the school’s overall mission to offer a quality education.
“Whenever our teachers put forth extra effort to improve and advance, it really does improve the quality of education in our school system,” said Collins-Hart. “We certainly encourage and celebrate educators who work to not only enrich their careers as teachers, but to also enrich the lives and learning experiences of our students. We are very proud of Ms. Reiger for her dedication and commitment to that.”
Ms. Reiger said dedication and commitment comes naturally. A student brought her to Proviso East over 20 years ago—and she’s been working to serve her students well ever since.
“A student brought me here,” she said. “I was working with a non-profit called Touch a Team Foundation. There was a student named Leon. He went to Proviso East. There was such intelligence, vigor, and joy in this student. He made me want to come to Proviso, and I just love Proviso. For me, it’s a calling. I’m using my talents to help my students, and I’m working to set a good example for them.”
Congratulations, Ms. Reiger! You are a vital part of Proviso Rising.