Terezka M. Jirasek
Professional Development Manager
Terezka M. Jirasek began working with the SLI team as a facilitator/consultant in Fall 1999, and became Professional Development Manager in 2001. In her current capacity, she is responsible for the design, coordination and delivery of a variety of educational workshops. Terezka has been an onsite facilitator of the Focused Instruction Process in both elementary and secondary schools for over six years. This includes providing coaching and support for teachers, administrators and transformation team members.
Terezka Jirasek came to teaching in 1989, after 14 years in leadership as a long-term care administrator and executive director of eight skilled-nursing facilities. Her business acumen combined with teaching experience has proven extremely beneficial in the educational arena. After completing her M.Ed. at National-Louis University in 1992, Terezka taught elementary school at the primary level for six years, as well as English at the high school level in the Czech Republic for one year. Following completion of her Library-Media endorsement at Dominican University, she served as the sole librarian of a 950+ student, K-8 bilingual school on Chicago’s West Side. While with the CPS, Terezka received national recognition in 1999 by the School Library Journal for her student-centered librarian efforts. As noted in the citation, “She has an uncanny grasp of how to get kids to invest themselves in reading… she’s someone the profession should clone as soon as possible.”