A fourth-grade teacher at Daviess County Public School received a Certified Teacher designation from the National Board of Professional Teaching Standards, and six other educators in the district renewed their certification.
Jill Hayden, teacher at Sorghum Elementary School, received her NBCT in Literacy: Reading / Language Arts – Early and Middle Childhood. She is in her ninth year of teaching. She said she wanted the certification because it enabled her to improve the quality of her teaching “to better influence students through reflective and responsive teaching.”
âI will continue to improve and grow as a teacher to improve the experience of my colleagues and my students,â she said.
Hayden joins 50 other active educators in the district who have achieved and maintained this level of teaching excellence.
Jana Beth Francis, DCPS assistant superintendent for teaching and learning, who was among the district educators to renew their NBCT certification, said educators who achieve this designation “demonstrate their ability to systematically reflect on their practice and to learn from experience “.
Quality teaching and learning, she said, is about meeting the needs of students. Certified educators have the skills to meet student needs and accelerate learning.
Francis, who earned his NBCT designation over 20 years ago, has renewed certification in the GP / Early Years field. When she first got her NBCT, she said the process influenced her teaching early on in her career.
“I always come back to fundamental propositions which include commitment to students and their learning, knowing how to teach subjects to students, manage student learning, think systematically about teaching and be part of a learning community. “she said.
The National Board of Professional Teaching Standards is a nonprofit organization that seeks to improve education while making teachers more effective. It sponsors the national certification process aimed at measuring teacher practices against high standards of excellence.
The certification process is demanding and extensive and includes teaching portfolios, examples of student work and videos. It also includes an analysis of candidate classroom teaching and student learning. Candidates for certification are also required to complete written exercises that demonstrate their knowledge of the subject, according to a statement sent out by the district.
The other five DCPS educators who have renewed their certification are Chad Askins of Daviess County High School, Natalie Coleman of Southern Oaks Elementary School, Angela Lindsey of Tamarack Elementary School, Michelle Pagan of High School Apollo and Olga Payne of Daviess County Middle School.
Askins, an agriculture teacher in his 20th year of study, renewed his certification in vocational and technical education / early adolescence through adulthood. He said he was grateful for the opportunity to help the students on a daily basis.
âThe certification of the National Council is rigorous and stimulating, and I am very touched to have been able to complete this process,â he said.
Coleman, a third year teacher at SOES in her 24th year of teaching, renewed her certification in Literacy: Reading Language Arts / Early and Middle Years. She set a goal in 2009 to become a nationally certified teacher, a process that has proven to be an experience that has challenged her in many ways.
âI have learned to use my knowledge to influence and lead new and seasoned teachers,â she said, adding that it was an honor to be a National Board certified teacher.
Lindsey, a TES Kindergarten teacher also in her 24th year of teaching, renewed her certification in Literacy: Reading Language Arts / Early and Middle Years. The process of obtaining certification allowed her to strengthen her skills as an educator to better meet the needs of her students, she said.
âStudent reflection, analysis and progress is an integral part of National Council certification,â she said. âI am grateful for the opportunity to grow as an educator and to stand up for my students. “
Pagan, a math and computer science teacher at AHS in her 18th year of teaching, renewed her certification in math / adolescence and young adulthood. This process has required her to assess what she is doing to impact students and their learning, she said.
âI’m always looking for what’s best for my students and how activities shape and improve student thinking and understanding,â she said. “This process has helped me strengthen my ability to analyze student data and their progress toward learning goals, targeting strategies to help students become confident math students.”
Payne, a seventh-year DCMS science teacher in her 23rd year of teaching, renewed her science certification / early adolescence. She has always looked for opportunities to improve her teaching practices, she said.
âMaintaining my National Council certification gave me the opportunity to analyze how I have continued to grow as an educator and teacher leader since initial certification,â she said. âSelf-reflection is an essential educational tool, and the National Council journey guides teachers through this process. “