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IMSA Faculty Members Receive "Master Teacher" Status; 25% of IMSA Faculty Now NBPTS-Certified

Two members of the IMSA Science faculty and one member of the Wellness faculty have successfully completed all of the requirements to receive certification with the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS).   Twenty-five percent of the IMSA faculty are nationally certified through the program.

IMSA Science Faculty Member Sowmya Anjur of Aurora
IMSA Wellness Faculty Member Mary Myers of Bartlett
IMSA Science Faculty Member Brooke Schmidt of Geneva

Science faculty members Sowmya Anjur of Aurora and Brooke Schmidt of Geneva, and Wellness faculty member Mary Myers of Barlett are among the more than 8,600 accomplished teachers nationwide in 2010 to complete the rigorous national certification process that credentials successful candidates as Master Teachers.  Illinois ranked third nationwide in the number of new National Board Certified Teachers (NBCTs) this year and ranks sixth in the total number of NBCTs over time, with 4,692.

As part of the NBPTS certification process, Anjur, Myers and Schmidt compiled and submitted a teaching portfolio which included videotapes of classroom teaching, lesson plans, student work samples and reflective written commentaries.  They also had to complete an assessment involving a series of written exercises designed around challenging teacher issues such as curriculum design, student assessment and content knowledge.

IMSA Principal and Vice President for Academic Programs Dr. Eric McLaren congratulated the faculty members for their dedication and outstanding commitment to student achievement.

"The NBPTS certification process is a rigorous one and our recent NBPTS faculty members are to be commended for their unwavering pursuit of educational excellence," said Dr. McLaren.  "They now join the ranks of other IMSA faculty members certified through NBPTS who serve as outstanding role models to other teachers aspiring to that level of excellence." 

The National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, founded in 1987, is an independent, nonprofit, nonpartisan and non-governmental organization dedicated to raising the level of teaching excellence in classrooms throughout America.

The internationally recognized Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy® (IMSA) develops creative, ethical leaders in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.  As a teaching and learning laboratory created by the State of Illinois, IMSA enrolls academically talented Illinois students (grades 10-12) in its advanced, residential college preparatory program, and it serves thousands of educators and students in Illinois and beyond through innovative instructional programs that foster imagination and inquiry. IMSA also advances education through research, groundbreaking ventures and strategic partnerships. (

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