Four more Monroe Public Schools teachers have joined the ranks of those earning certification from the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards this past year and will be recognized by the School Board on January 27.
Amanda Cope (Leaders in Learning), Melissa Hritsko (Frank Wagner Elementary School), Stephanie Hudson (Monroe High School), and Cletus Kinney (Park Place Middle School) all completed the rigorous requirements to achieve this certification, joining 36 of their Monroe Public Schools colleagues who have already achieved this advanced teaching credential.
There are more than 100,000 NBCTs nationwide. Washington State ranked first in the nation in the number of new NBCTs, with 516 earned this year. Overall, Washington ranks fourth in total NBCTs.
To earn certification teachers must analyze their teaching context and students’ needs, submit videos of their teaching, and provide student work samples that demonstrate growth and achievement. Among other things, they have to show their ability to design appropriate learning experiences that advance student learning and their use of assessments in that process.
“This seemed like something really worthwhile that I would get something out of for myself and students,” says Hritsko, first grade teacher at Frank Wagner Elementary. “It was very interesting taking things I do every day to really examine them and justify why I do them. I am more conscientious about looking at what I do and why I do it.”
As a mother of three, qualifying for a bump on the pay scale was the initial incentive for Hudson, who teaches video, photography, yearbook and other electives at Monroe High School, to pursue the certification. “I underestimated how helpful it would be,” she says, “”I realized in the process and after the fact how big an impact it will have on how I do things in the future.”
“It’s made a huge difference in my teaching,” says Cletus Kinney, 8th grade math and 6th grade science teacher at Park Place Middle School. “A lot of the exercises and portfolio work involved proving how effective our teaching is by assessment tools and student work. This goes hand in hand with the work the district is already doing through a new style of teacher evaluations.”