North Cook Educators Achieve National Board Teacher Certification

The North Cook Intermediate Service Center (ISC) / Regional Office of Education 5, located in Des Plaines, is pleased to announce that 31 educators from across its school districts achieved or renewed their National Board Teacher Certification.

This is an extraordinary undertaking while serving in a role as educator, and their dedication is commendable. They are part of an esteemed three percent of teachers nationwide who hold this honor.

According to the National Board Certification website, "every student deserves to be taught by an accomplished teacher. National Board Certification was designed to develop, retain and recognize accomplished teachers and to generate ongoing improvement in schools nationwide. It's the highest certification a teacher may obtain in addition to being the most respected one."

To support candidates, North Cook ISC facilitated National Board Teacher cohort meetings through a partnership with the National Board Resource Center (NBRC) at Illinois State University to help the educators navigate the process through their certification journey over a two-year period. Coaches guided candidates through each of the four required components to achieve National Board Certification.

The Regional Office of Education is proud that these individuals serve students in the North Cook region of Illinois and appreciate their leadership, commitment, and perseverance.

NEW National Board Teacher Certification:

Jessica Consiglio, Evanston-Skokie 65

Jennifer Dao, Evanston-Skokie 65

Jenny Gustavson, Maine Township HS District 207

Lauren Kern, Township HS District 211

Kaitlyn Radtke, Palatine 15

Laura Wagner, Township HS District 214

RENEWED National Board Certification:

Jordan Catapano, Township HS District 211

Rita Chavez, Palatine 15

Christina Daskalopoulos, East Maine 63

Kathryn Dengler, Palatine 15

Angela Drenth, Township HS District 211

Brian Drenth, Township HS District 211

Anita Govic, Township HS District 211

Christopher Grattoni, Township HS District 211

Adrienne Handelman, Evanston Township HS District 202

Lindsey Harrington, Park Ridge-Niles 64

Emily Hayden, Kenilworth 38

Tanya Katovich, Township HS District 211

Meghan Keefer, Park Ridge-Niles 64

Kerri Largo, Township HS District 211

Sarah Mendoza, Schaumburg 54

Brittany Noble, Evanston-Skokie 65

Brooke Nyquist, Palatine 15

Roy Olson, Township HS District 214

Jacob Schlender, Township HS District 211

Monica Shelegeda, Elk Grove Village 59

Karina Shimkos, Maine Township HS District 207

Elyse Stole, Evanston-Skokie 65

Tracie Thomas, Park Ridge-Niles 64

Kathryn Weis, Park Ridge-Niles 64

Orin Xavier, Township HS District 214

The primary function of North Cook ISC (NCISC) is to provide professional development for educators in the northern Cook County public school districts. In addition, North Cook ISC handles student truancy and homeless issues, educator licensure, supports and monitors school construction and renovation projects, and systematically reviews and inspects school facilities and operations to ensure compliance with mandated standards for health and safety and incorporation of current State laws into their practices.

In total, North Cook ISC is responsible for 32 elementary and seven high school districts, plus three Special Education co-operatives. It serves more than 900 public school administrators, almost 11,000 teachers, and 146,000 students in 228 public schools. For more information, see

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