Beginning July 2, 2018, Ms. Teresa A, Lance, began serving as the Superintendent of Schools for Thornton Fractional High School District 215, which serves four diverse south suburban communities: Calumet City, Lansing, Burnham, and Lynwood, Illinois.
Throughout her career, Ms. Lance has served as a Teacher, Assistant Principal, Principal, and Turnaround Consultant. Prior to coming to Thornton Fractional High School District 215, Ms. Lance worked as a School Leadership Officer in Harrison School District Two in Colorado Springs, Colorado. In this role, Ms. Lance had multiple departments under her watch. Some of those departments’ included-College and Career Readiness, English Language Learners, Gifted and Talented and Special Education. In addition, she supervised and supported 20 pre-K to 12 schools.
While serving as a School Leadership Officer, Ms. Lance, in collaboration with her former colleagues, contributed to the following district accomplishments:
- Increased Advanced Placement participation for all students
- Increased AP course offerings from seven during the 2013-2014 school year to 19 during the 2017-2018 school year
- Increased dual enrollment participation and programs. In total, more than 4,100 college credits were awarded to high school students during the 2017-2018 school year
- Spearheaded an initiative to assess all 8th graders enrolled in a high school credited course to take the Accuplacer with the goal of enrolling rising 9th graders who qualify in a gtPathway course (college credit bearing course); the result meant more students graduated high school early and with enough college credits to obtain their associate’s degree or enough credits to enroll as a junior in a four-year higher ed. Institution; 16-ninth graders enrolled in college course for the first time in the 2015-2016 school year
- In both 2016 and 2017, 100% of all high school seniors applied and were accepted into a two or four-year college or university
- Spearheaded the implementation of AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) in all secondary schools
- Spearheaded the International Baccalaureate(IB) initiative for three schools; two schools are now officially recognized by the IB world; one is in the process of applying for a 2018 IB designation
- Served on Harrison’s district’s Future Ready initiative; HSD-Two was one of 12 school districts in the nation with an established partnership with ATT & Future Ready to increase digital equity
- Created systems to better track and monitor services to English Language Learners (ELL) students as well as secure professional development services for all ELL teachers, which resulted in a positive gain of 7% of students moving from Limited English Proficient to Fluent English Proficient
- Received the 2015-2016 and 2016-2017 English Language Proficiency Award (ELPA)-awarded to school districts who achieve the highest English language and academic growth among English learners and the highest academic achievement for English learners who transition out of the English language proficiency program.
- Led and supervised schools that have since received the following awards and recognitions:
- Two schools received the National Blue Ribbon award, twice
- One school received the National Excellence in Urban Education
- One school received the National Title I Distinguished Schools for Closing Achievement Gaps
- One high school received the Bronze award for Advanced Placement Participation
- One high school received the Bronze award twice and Silver Award once for Advanced Placement participation
Ms. Lance earned a bachelor's degree in Physical Education and masters in Health Education from the State University College at Cortland, New York. She earned her School Administration and Supervision certificate from Johns Hopkins University and is currently pursuing her doctoral degree from the University of Phoenix.