A total of eight local educators have earned certification by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards bringing grand total to 87 in Bullitt County Public Schools.
More than 112,000 teachers across the United States have achieved Board certification.
Eastside Middle School - Lisa Carli - Mathematics/Early Adolescence and Tina Contreras - Exceptional Needs Specialist/Early Childhood through Young Adulthood.
Bullitt East High School - Tiffany Darnell - Exceptional Needs Specialist/Early Childhood through Young Adulthood and Brandi Sheehan - Mathematics/Adolescence and Young Adulthood
Bullitt Central High School - Anita Montgomery - Mathematics/Adolescence and Young Adulthood.
Zoneton Middle School – Nicole Perugini - English Language Arts/Early Adolescence.
Lebanon Junction Elementary School - Lindsay Utley - Generalist/Middle Childhood.
Overdale Elementary School - Melody Walls - Generalist/Middle Childhood.
Each National Board Certification is good through 2022.
Kentucky Commissioner of Education Dr. Stephen Pruitt offered his congratulations in his weekly correspondence.
“The Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) is proud to celebrate Kentucky’s 2017 class of 316 National Board Certified Teachers (NBCT). This class of board-certified teachers is the first to complete the newly revised process and is the fifth largest class in the nation. Kentucky now ranks eighth nationally in total number of NBCTs, with 3,601, and seventh in the nation for percentage of NBCTs with 8.59%,” Pruitt said.
According to the NBPTS website, National Board Certification was designed to develop, retain and recognize accomplished teachers and to generate ongoing improvement in schools nationwide. It is the most respected professional certification available in K-12 education. Candidates have up to five years to complete the rigorous requirements.
Created by teachers, for teachers, the National Board Standards represent a consensus among educators about what accomplished teachers should know and be able to do. Board certification is available in 25 certificate areas spanning 16 disciplines from Pre-K through 12th grade.
The certification process requires that teachers demonstrate standards-based evidence of the positive effect they have on student learning in alignment with the Five Core Propositions. They must exhibit a deep understanding of their students, content knowledge, use of data and assessments and teaching practice. They must also show that they participate in learning communities and provide evidence of ongoing reflection and continuous learning.