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LTHS Teacher Receives Recertification as a National Board Certified Teacher

LTHS Teacher Receives Recertification as a National Board Certified Teacher

Lyons Township High School Social Studies Teacher Katy Newcomb recently received recertification as a National Board Certified Teacher (NBCT), the highest certification a teacher may obtain.  Through a rigorous process, the National Board Certification identifies teachers who meet standards through a performance-based, peer-reviewed series of assessment components.  The recertification process is designed based on best assessment practices and by teachers to ensure that NBCTs continue to grow professionally while substantially impacting student learning.

“The recertification process was a great challenge to take on, especially as a social studies teacher right now.  It made me really think about how what I'm doing in the classroom reflects my students' needs within LT and our community. I am proud to bring my expertise to LTHS,” said Katy Newcomb.

7,182 teachers across the entire state of Illinois have achieved National Board Certification.

“We are very proud of Katy Newcomb's recent recertification as a National Board Certified Teacher.  The desire to recertify demonstrates her continued commitment to implementing best planning, instructional, and assessment practices within the classroom here at LT in order to impact student learning,” said Principal Dr. Tyrrell.

Katy is in her 26th year teaching at LTHS and first achieved her NBCT distinction in 2019.  She graduated from University of Notre Dame - Bachelor's Degree History and Secondary Education 1991-1999, then received her Master's Degree History 1995-1997 from University of Illinois Chicago and Governors State University - Educational Leadership and Administration  2000-2003.