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LTHS teacher board-certified, named master teacher

February 11th, 2020 2:11 PM

Katy Newcomb

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By Community Editor

Lyons Township High School social studies teacher Katy Newcomb recently earned the title of National Board Certified teacher and master teacher designation on the Illinois Professional Educator License. 

Newcomb is LTHS' only current board-certified teacher. 

National Board Certification was designed to develop, retain and recognize accomplished teachers and to generate ongoing improvement in schools nationwide. It is considered the most respected professional certification available in K-12 education.

In order to become board-certified, teachers complete a performance-based, peer-reviewed process, demonstrating their proven impact on student learning and achievement. Over the past three years, Newcomb worked to complete its four required components.

Newcomb began at LTHS in 1997. She has an undergraduate degree from the University of Notre Dame, a Master of Arts in history from the University of Illinois-Chicago and a Master of Arts in educational administration from Governors State University.

On board

The Frederick Law Olmsted Society elected its officers and board members for 2020 at its annual meeting in January.

Board officers are Cathy Maloney, president; Cindy Kellogg, vice president; Joanne Rogers, secretary; and Theresa Pelletier, treasurer.

Renewing board members are Constance Guardi, Tom Guardi, Cathy Maloney, Mike Maloney, Aberdeen Marsh-Ozga and Tim Ozga.

New board members are Kim Freeark, Trisha Flassing, Dave Flassing and Susan Worthington.

Ascending to Eagle

Boy Scout Troop 111 hosted an Eagle Scout Court of Honor on Feb. 9 at the St. Louise de Marillac Parish Center in LaGrange Park to mark Theodore "Teddy" Roussin's promotion to Eagle Scout.

Roussin organized the production of wren houses for his Eagle Scout project. He is the 100th Eagle Scout for Troop 111, which is headquartered at Holy Guardian Angels Parish and is the first under the combined parish banner.

On campus

Three local students graduated from Marquette University in Milwaukee during the school's winter commencement ceremonies last December, including Brookfield resident Rebecca Sukacz (B.A., corporate communications) and Riverside residents James Nolter (B.A, history) and Lucille Roudebush (B.S., exercise physiology).

Christopher Korabik, of Riverside, received his Master of Science degree in mechanical engineering from the Georgia Institute of technology in Atlanta at the school's commencement exercises in December.

Among those receiving bachelor's degrees during the winter commencement ceremonies at Northern Illinois University in DeKalb last December were Brookfield residents Emma Gavlin (biological sciences and psychology) and Andre Ramos (electrical engineering).

Emily Kedzie, of Brookfield, was among those receiving her bachelor's degree during the winter commencement ceremonies at the University of Iowa in Iowa City last December. Kedzie's degree was in liberal studies.

Kate Barlow, of Riverside, was named to the 2019 fall semester dean's list at Montana State University in Bozeman for attaining a semester GPA of at least 3.5.

Leigh Barlow, of Riverside, was named to the 2019 fall semester dean's list at University of Louisville for attaining a semester GPA of at least 3.5.

Riverside residents Trevor Bork and Alyssa Schwarz were among the more than 900 students named to the 2019 fall semester dean's list at Carthage College in Kenosha, Wisconsin. Each achieved a semester grade-point average of at least 3.5 on a 4-point scale.

Brookfield resident Jordan Gatsos and Riverside residents Guillermo Arroyo, Maya Diaz, Haley Legan, Riley Mullen, Lucille Roudebush and Kathleen Suess were among those named to the Marquette University (Milwaukee) 2019 fall semester dean's list.

Jack Sagan, of Riverside, was named to the 2019 fall semester dean's lists at Central College in Pella, Iowa, for achieving a GPA of at least 3.5 for the semester.

Brookfield residents Mariah Dorsey, Kaitlin Lizik and Carly Melody were named to the 2019 fall semester dean's list with high honors at Aurora University for attaining perfect 4.0 GPAs during the semester.

Grace Tucek, of Riverside, was named to the president's list at Clemson (South Carolina) University for the 2019 fall semester for attaining a perfect 4.0 GPA for the semester.

Several local students were named to the 2019 fall semester dean's list at Northern Illinois University in DeKalb for achieving a semester GPA of at least 3.5, including Brookfield residents Alberto Aranda Jr.Kaylee Jasinski, Asher Runyan-Randruut and Joseph Stelmack and North Riverside resident Mary Kober.

Brookfield residents Erin Engstrom and Camryn Hamilton were named to the 2019 fall semester dean's list at Ripon (Wisconsin) College for achieving a GPA of least 3.4 for the semester.

Derek Johnson, of Riverside, a senior computer science major was named to the 2019 fall semester dean's list at the University of Wisconsin-Stout for attaining a GPA of at least 3.5.

Riverside resident Elijah Ourth was named to the dean's list at Northland College in Ashland, Wisconsin, for outstanding academic performance during the 2019 fall semester. 

Louie Marcou, of Riverside, was named to the 2019 fall semester dean's list at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater for achieving a GPA of at least 3.4. 

Riverside residents Allyson Jones and Margaret Shereck were named to the 2019 fall semester dean's list at St. Mary's College in Notre Dame, Indiana, for achieving a GPA of at least 3.6.

Brookfield resident Rachel Bast was named to the 2019 fall semester dean's list at Trinity Christian College in Palos Heights for earning a GPA of at least 3.5 for the semester.

Among those named to the 2019 fall semester dean's list at Iowa State University in Ames for achieving a GPA of at least 3.5 were Brookfield residents Phoebe Hartoonian (animal science), Elizabeth Strzelczyk (software engineering) and Abigail Zabrodsky (forestry) and Riverside residents Ryan Kodama (industrial design) and Isabelle Legan (global resource systems).

More than 200 Lyons Township High School students were recently named Illinois State Scholars, which recognizes the top 10 percent of the state's graduating seniors. Among them were Brookfield residents August Duwell, Benjamin Mathis, Cameron Trimborn and Faith Wyant.

Two Brookfield residents were among the members of the Lyons Township High School Business Professionals of American Club to earn awards at the regional competition, moving on to the state level later this month.

Adam Almuhtaseb placed first in C+ programming, while Meg McLean placed second in Banking and Finance and fourth in Basic Office Systems and Procedures.

Nazareth Academy in LaGrange Park, has named its honor roll students for the first semester of the 2019-20 school year. The following local students were among those named for the A and B honor rolls.

A Honor Roll: Brookfield residents Grace Acosta, Gwenyth Acosta, Michael Feng, Greta Nelson, Sarah Newmann and Jannelle Steger and Riverside resident Elizabeth Selover.

B Honor Roll: Riverside residents Michael Almeida, Dominic Mendoza and Justin Rokicki.

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