*Mr. Marty Egan
My name is Marty Egan and this is my 7th year teaching (5th year at Coal City). I graduated from Illinois State University in 2016. When I came to Coal City, I started the High School's ACES program for students with Emotional Disabilities. This program is a huge source of pride for me as I've seen students who are often written off become successful in school and beyond their schooling years. Additionally, I have coached football for the last 5 years and I am the JV Head Coach.
Why did you want to become National Board Certified?
I wanted to improve my teaching. As an ED self-contained teacher, I teach all core subject areas. I knew that I had some holes in my teaching practice. My thought process was that National Board would help me identify, and strengthen those holes.
What was the most difficult aspect of going through the process?
The most difficult part was trying to juggle everything going on at the same time. Between teaching my class, coaching football, and going to National Boards study sessions or working on it at night, time was very limited. I really needed to focus on time management.
What was the most rewarding part of the process?
I was most rewarded by seeing the improved scores of my students on their writing last year. Their scores shot up after implementing a new program, and it was awesome to see the work I put in paying off for my students.
What advice would you give others thinking about starting the process?
I would strongly suggest that they do it. I found it to be very practical and helpful. It fit in with my practice better than additional college courses would have.
How has this made you a better educator?
It made me a better teacher because it forced me to take a critical look at my teaching and find the weak spots. From there I was able to reflect on why I did things and how I would make changes going forward. This process is great at guiding you through problem-solving your weak areas and tightening up your stronger areas. I am extremely grateful for this program and for the fact that it helped me a better teacher.