Franklin assistant principal moves up

Franklin assistant principal moves up

CHAMPAIGN – An administrator at Franklin Middle School will take over as principal there for the next school year.

The Champaign school board at its meeting Monday night approved Angela Smith as the next principal. She'll replace Carol Stack, who is retiring after this school year.

Smith is currently assistant principal, a position she has held since January 2004. She served as dean of students at Franklin from August 2002 until she was named assistant principal.

She began her teaching career as an English teacher at Columbia Center. Before teaching, she worked for a publishing company.

Smith has a bachelor's degree in English and a master's degree in curriculum and instruction. She is working on a doctorate at the University of Illinois.

She also has an administrative certificate and a Certificate in Advanced Studies in Educational Organization and Leadership.

In other business:

– Two teachers were recognized for earning National Board Certification, the highest credential in the teaching profession. They are Gary Pinkerton, a social studies teacher at Edison Middle School, and Donna Reed, a speech teacher at South Side Elementary School.

The certification, through the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, involves a performance-based assessment that usually takes from one to three years.

Teachers must assemble a portfolio of student work, assignments, videotapes and an analysis of their classroom teaching. They are also assessed on their knowledge of the subjects they teach.

Champaign has 16 teachers with National Board Certification.

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