Downers Grove

Downers Grove North instructor named National Board Certified Teacher

DOWNERS GROVE – Dennis Rogala, a social studies teacher at Downers Grove North High School, has been recognized by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards as a National Board Certified Teacher.

National Board Certification is an advanced teaching credential that acknowledges effective and accomplished teachers, a news release stated. It is a volunteer program.

“Part of ensuring quality teaching is supporting our teachers in their pursuit of National Board Certification,” Courtney DeMent, principal of North High, stated in the release. “Achieving this certification marks a high level of professional distinction, and ultimately gives our students an even richer educational experience. We’re extremely proud of Dennis and his dedication to the success of our students.”

As part of the rigorous and lengthy certification process, candidates complete 10 assessments that are reviewed by trained teachers in their certificate areas. Assessments measure candidates’ knowledge of their subject areas, as well as their teaching practices. National Board Certification is part of the growing education reform movement to advance student learning and improve teaching and schools for the 21st century global economy.

At North High, Rogala is in his sixth year as a social studies teacher, and teaches global connections, and personal economics. In addition to teaching, he is the sponsor for the Model United Nations Club and is the junior varsity coach of the Scholastic Bowl team.

In addition to Rogala, other District 99 National Board Certified teachers include:

• South High’s Valerie Hardy and Kristee Toth;

• North High’s Nicole Gibson, Jeff Grant, Mike Heinz, Beth O’Riordan, Brayer Teague and John Waite; and,

• District 99 Administration’s Rob Lang.

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