Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools saluted eight educators for having renewed their National Board Certification on Tuesday during a special breakfast ceremony held at Benvenue Country Club.
Kim Bailey, Bailey Elementary; Kristen Coughter, Red Oak Elementary; Stacey Womble, Coopers Elementary; Carolyn Turner, Southern Nash High; Erik Harris, Northern Nash High; Marcy Keener, Edwards Middle; Leigh Ulrich, Winstead Avenue Elementary, and Janie MacIntyre, Fairview Elementary, all qualified for the ten-year renewal of their certifications.
Kim Bailey, ESL teacher at Bailey Elementary School, said she first pursued National Board Certification because she wanted take her teaching to “the next level.”
“Initially, I sought certification because I’m passionate about teaching, and I wanted to take it to the next level, to grow personally and professionally.” Bailey said. “It allowed me to increase the level of rigor in my instructional delivery and it strengthened my ability to help my students build the 21st century skills they need to be successful.”
National Board Certification is the highest credential in the teaching profession and the most rigorous performance-based assessment for teachers. Achieving National Board Certification takes educators between one and three years to complete.
Educators awarded NBCT status have demonstrated in-depth knowledge of subject matter, teaching skills and a commitment to their profession. The assessment includes portfolios, student work samples and videotapes.
Erik Harris, band instructor at Northern Nash High School, said the National Board Certified Teacher process provided him with opportunity to grow, which he encourages his students to do regularly.
“I’m a student by nature; I like to be challenged and I found a lot of joy in the process and the rigor of it,” said Harris. “It introduces teachers to a deeper approach, and it is a great catalyst to pursue a higher level of thinking as a teacher, so that your students benefit and grow in their learning as well.”
Every NRMPS National Board Certified Teacher receives a personalized door name plate indicating their achievement of National Board status and the year initial certification was awarded. Their names are also placed on a plaque in the NRMPS administrative office during the year they obtain their initial certification. National Board Certified Teachers who renew their certifications also receive NBCT paperweights commemorating their achievement.
Janie MacIntyre, principal of Fairview Elementary School, who was recognized for obtaining her ten-year renewal, shared her advice for other educators who may be considering pursuit of the process. As an instructional leader, MacIntyre continues to see the benefits of having earned certification.
“I would tell them it has been the best journey ever, in terms of learning about my own professional standards and growth,” said MacIntyre. “To be able to reflect and think about strategies, and then to have documented evidence of how they are benefitting all children is tremendous. The journey of learning about yourself allows you to carefully reflect on your own practice.”
According to the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, North Carolina remains the national leader in the number of National Board Certified Teachers with 20,122.
This year alone, North Carolina added 330 newly-credentialed teachers. Nationwide, North Carolina has nearly 20 percent of all National Board Certified Teachers.
The educators who obtained their NCBT ten-year renewals will be recognized by the Nash-Rocky Mount Board of Education at the school board’s regular meeting, March 6.