Kearney High School teacher Michelle Lawrence recently achieved National Board Certification. Lawrence is the Project Lead The Way Biomedical Science teacher at KHS. As part of the program, teachers get to choose the area they want to certify in, and she chose Adolescent and Young Adult Science. She joins a community of more than 125,000 Board-certified teachers across all 50 states.
“National Board Certified Teachers will continue to change the way their students learn, and their proven ability to be the best teachers they can be will have a ripple effect on their schools and their communities for years to come,” said Peggy Brookins, NBCT, president and CEO of the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards.
In order to become a board-certified teacher, teachers complete a performance-based, peer-reviewed process, demonstrating their proven impact on student learning and achievement. This can be an extensive process but one that, according to NBCT, “allows teachers to hone their practice, showcase their talent in the classroom and demonstrate their dedication to their students and their profession.”
Lawrence was recognized by the Kearney Board of Education for her outstanding achievement. In her comments to the board, she shared that she believes going through the certification process has made her a better teacher.
Lawrence joins four other KSD staff members who have achieved this honor: Beth Freeman, KSD; Jamie Heil, KJHS/KHS; Eric Todd, KJHS; Jennifer West, KJHS
About the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (www.nbpts.org):
The founding mission of the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards is to advance the quality of teaching and learning by: (1) maintaining high and rigorous standards for what accomplished teachers should know and be able to do; (2) providing a national voluntary system certifying teachers who meet these standards; and (3) advocating related education reforms to integrate National Board Certification in American education and to capitalize on the expertise of National Board Certified Teachers. Recognized as the “gold standard” in teacher certification, the National Board believes higher standards for teachers means better learning for students.