Science & Arts Academy Teacher Receives National Board Certification

  • Mrs. Amy Jacobs, teacher at Science & Arts Academy in Des Plaines, IL

    Mrs. Amy Jacobs, teacher at Science & Arts Academy in Des Plaines, IL

Updated 1/14/2022 11:17 AM

Science & Arts Academy is pleased to announce that Mrs. Amy Jacobs is one of 153 teachers in Illinois to achieve National Board Certification, the most respected professional certification available in education.

Science & Arts Academy (SAA) is an independent, not-for-profit day school for gifted students in junior kindergarten through eighth grade located in Des Plaines, IL. Currently teaching 3rd grade, language arts and social studies at SAA, Mrs. Jacobs brings a rich background and expertise in gifted education to the school and her students. Holding Illinois certification as a Gifted Education Teacher, Mrs. Jacobs has taught for the past 20 years in both public and independent schools as a classroom teacher, a self-contained gifted teacher, and as a gifted resource/support teacher.


"After receiving my Master's degree from DePaul University, I was looking for a way to continue growing as an educator. When I found out that I could earn National Board Certification as a Gifted and Talented teacher, I was thrilled - it was the next step in my teaching journey. The rigorous work required for National Board Certification has helped me become a more accomplished and intuitive teacher. I could never have completed this challenge without the support of my colleagues or my students and their families. Thank you!" said Amy Jacobs.

Candidates for National Board Certification invest several years in the rigorous certification process

demonstrating understanding of their students, content knowledge, teaching practice, and use of data and assessments. Recognized as the "gold standard" in teacher certification, the National Board believes higher standards for teachers means better learning for students.

"Amy's dedication to the educational profession is matched only by the passion and care she shows for her students. Achievement of National Board Certification is a significant accomplishment and all of us at SAA offer our congratulations. We are so proud of her and the contributions she continues to make in the lives of young people," said Tim Costello, Head of School.

Science & Arts Academy was founded in 1992 with the vision to provide gifted students a stimulating and supportive environment designed for their unique abilities. SAA is highly regarded throughout the Chicago area for its challenging and inspiring curriculum, small classroom setting, and expertise and knowledge in supporting gifted children. To learn more, visit the school's website at

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