Attaining National Board Certification
A group of MEA members recently attained the honor of being certified by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) through a rigorous, research-based professional development process.
National Board Certification is a voluntary program open to teachers with three or more years’ experience. It is one of the highest honors bestowed by the teaching profession and a symbol of accomplished teaching.
Gaining certification this year are: Carol Pelletier, Mid-Coast School of Technology-Region 8; Carolyn Vose, William S. Cohen School; Joanne Powers, Dike-Newell School; Marilyn Buzy, Winslow Junior High School; Rachel Landry, Saccarapa School; Terry Deane, Central Middle School; Thomas Noonan, Bonny Eagle High School; William O’Brien, Camden Hills Regional High School.
Attaining recertification are Leonard Krill, Mount Ararat High School and Grace Leavitt, Greely High School.
MEA sponsors a series of workshops led by NBPTS mentors that support candidates for National Board Certification by providing an understanding of the process, portfolio directions, the different types of writing involved, and videotaping and videotape analysis. It is free to members.
The National Board also offers the Take One! program, a shorter version of the full certification process. This process can be done by individuals or entire facilities. Because this process is open to principals as well, this is an excellent professional development opportunity that supports the culture of a professional learning community.
FMI: visit NBPTS at www.nbpts.org.