FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 17, 2003
State Board of Education approves appointments to the
State Teacher Certification Board
The Illinois State Board of Education today approved
appointments to fill five State Teacher Certification
Board positions that expire June 30. Ms. Marsha Allen,
Dr. Eugene Zalewski and Dr. Andrew Brulle were reappointed
to second terms.
Ms. Jane Morris and Ms. Linda Malone will fill positions
vacated by retiring members Ronald Babcock and Ms. Camille
Taylor. Mr. Babcock, a teacher at Dundee Crown High School
in Elgin, and Ms. Taylor, a teacher in Normal Unit District
5 in Normal have completed two terms. Members serve three-year
terms and may be appointed for a second term.
Ms. Allen, a teacher in the Chicago Public Schools,
was nominated by the Illinois Federation of Teachers.
She worked as a substitute teacher in Chicago for one
year before entering the Teachers for Chicago Program,
an alternative certification program. She has a bachelors
degree in criminal justice, a masters degree in
public administration, and a second masters degree
in special education (ED/BD and LD). Ms. Allen will be
serving her second term.
Dr. Zalewski, superintendent of Niles Elementary School
District 71 in Hawthorne Woods, was nominated by the Illinois
Association of Colleges for Teacher Education. He has
a masters degree in physics and masters and
doctoral degrees in educational administration. Dr. Zalewski
will be serving his second term.
Dr. Brulle, chair of the Education Department of Wheaton
College, was nominated by the Illinois Association of
School Administrators. He has 30 years of experience in
the field of special education, entering the field with
a B.S. Ed. in 1971 and spending 10 years in public schools
as a special education teacher before earning masters
and doctoral degrees and beginning his college teaching
career. Dr. Brulle will be serving his second term.
Ms. Morris, nominated by the Illinois Education Association,
has been a high school biology teacher since 1994. Previously,
she was a high school chemistry and French teacher. She
earned certification by the National Board of Professional
Teaching Standards in 2002 and holds an Illinois Secondary
Master Teaching Certificate and a masters degree
in curriculum and instruction. She has served since 2000
as the chair of the Local Professional Development Committee.
Ms. Morris will be serving her first term.
Ms. Malone, nominated by the Illinois Education Association,
has 30 years of teaching experience. For 21 of those years,
she taught special education. She holds a bachelors
degree in special education and a masters degree
in education. She has received numerous awards, including
the Those Who Excel Award. She was a member of the Edwardsville
School Districts Local Professional Development
Committee. Ms. Malone will be serving her first term.
The State Teacher Certification Board comprises 19 members.
Five members are administrative or faculty members of
Illinois colleges or universities, three are public school
administrators, ten are public classroom teachers, and
one is a regional superintendent of schools. Members serve
a three-year term and may be reappointed for a second
A candidate may be nominated either by any professional
teachers organization, which may submit one candidate
for each vacancy for each 20,000 members who hold valid
certificates, or by filing a petition signed by 250 persons
who hold valid teaching certificates.