Recognizing her achievements in character education, among other areas, the Hinsdale District 86 Board of Education recently named her assistant superintendent for academics.
When Riverside Brookfield hosted a Character Development Seminar last November, Bylsma cited some of her school’s impressive results in a letter to other principals:
“Would you like your school to experience a 22% reduction in suspensions and a 51% reduction in in-school suspensions, as well as a decrease of 25% in bullying incidents, 58% in fights, and 90% in verbal altercations? How about 32% fewer truancy tickets and 42% fewer detentions issued for tardiness to class?
“Well, I am proud to report that these statistics are from my school. They demonstrate the significant impact we have experienced here at Riverside Brookfield High School as we have transformed our school culture through our collaboration with the Josephson Institute of Ethics and their CHARACTER COUNTS! program.”
Previously, Bylsma served as assistant principal and dean of students at Hinsdale Central High School for 11 years. As this MySuburbanLife.com article notes, she received national recognition for the CHARACTER COUNTS! program she helped develop and administer there.