Local teachers receive highest honors

Staff Writer

Hyde Park teachers were among 49 across the city to receive National Board Certification through the the Chicago Teachers Union’s (CTU) Nurturing Teacher Leadership (NTL) professional development and candidate support program.

Cherianne Barry, Amy Hiller and Nicole Ludwig from Ariel Elementary School, 1119 E. 46th St.; Megan Grib and Meghan Pfeil from Bret Harte Elementary School, 1556 E. 56th St.; and Eileen Holzhauer from Murray Elementary School, 5335 S. Kenwood Ave., attended a ceremony at CTU’s Merchandise Mart headquarters last month for a pinning ceremony as new National Board Certified Teachers, an honor that is considered the “gold standard” for teaching in Chicago.

NTL, which was established in 1997, is an 11-month program of weekly professional development and candidate support that prepares teachers for National Board for Professional Teaching Standards certification. NTL supports teachers throughout the entire certification process, providing technical, professional, intellectual and moral support. After achieving National Board Certification, opportunities are available for National Board Certified Teachers to continue their learning and to lead and support others — at a professional wage.