South High Teacher Valerie Hardy has been recognized by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards as a National Board Certified teacher. National Board Certification is an advanced teaching credential that acknowledges effective and accomplished teachers. It is a volunteer program.
As part of the rigorous and lengthy certification process, candidates complete ten assessments that are reviewed by trained teachers in their certificate areas. Assessments measure candidates’ knowledge of their subject areas as well as their teaching practices. National Board Certification is part of the growing education reform movement to advance student learning and improve teaching and schools for the 21st century global economy.
“Part of ensuring quality teaching is supporting our people in their pursuit of National Board Certification,” says Superintendent Dr. Hank Thiele. “Achieving this certification marks a high level of professional distinction, and ultimately gives our students an even richer educational experience.”
In addition to Hardy, South High’s Joette Conger and Glenn Williams and North High’s Mike Heinz, Nicole Gibson, Jeff Grant, Beth O’Riordan, Steve Ruffolo, Brayer Teague and John Waite are National Board Certified faculty members.
More information about National Board Certification may be found at www.nbpts.org.