Mentoring teachers for excellence

 

One hundred percent of the Kansas educators mentored through a program at Emporia State University in 2012-13 reached the highest level of achievement in the teaching profession, each for a second time. They are National Board Certified Teachers. 

“This process of board certification is similar to how a doctor becomes certified in a special area,” said Dr. Roger Caswell, executive director of the Jones Institute for Educational Excellence, who assisted these teachers in their process to renew their NBCT status. “This is voluntary. No state, school district, or program is demanding them to go through this process. That’s why, a decade after earning their certification the first time, it’s a huge commitment to say, ‘Yes, I want to do it again.’” 

The 15 teachers were notified in late October/early November that the work they had done had, once again, measured up. The teachers are: 

Blue Valley, USD 229 – 

Jody Drake, Mission Trail Elementary School, first grade teacher; certificate area: early childhood/generalist 

Valerie Golden, Overland Trail Middle School, eighth grade English language arts & reading teacher; certificate area: adolescence and young adulthood/ English language arts 

Eric Kessler, Center for Advanced Professional Studies, bioscience instructor; certificate area: adolescence and young adulthood/science 

Pat Mairs, Harmony Middle School, sixth and eighth grade social studies teacher; certificate area: early adolescence/ social studies, history 

Buhler, USD 313 – 

Sheryl Smith, Buhler High School, art teacher; certificate area: early adolescence and young adulthood/art 

Dodge City, USD 443 – 

Melody Head, Dodge City High School, business educator; certificate area: early adolescence and young adulthood/career and technical education 

Maize, USD 266 – 

Angela Stockam, Maize South High School, chemistry teacher; certificate area: adolescence and young adulthood/science 

Manhattan-Ogden, USD 383 – 

Chris George, Manhattan High School, physics teacher; certificate area: adolescence and young adulthood/science 

Pat Lamb, Manhattan High School, biology teacher; certificate area: adolescence and young adulthood/science 

Meade, USD 226 – 

Stacy Cordes, Meade Junior High School, science/technology/engineering/ mathematics instructor; certificate area: early adolescence/science 

Olathe, USD 233 – 

JoAnn Hiatt, Olathe East High School, mathematics teacher; certificate area: adolescence and young adulthood/science 

Denine Larson, Fairview Elementary School, Title I reading teacher; certificate area: early and middle childhood/literacy/ reading-language arts 

Beth Pope, Bentwood Elementary School, fourth grade teacher; certificate area: middle childhood/generalist 

Salina, USD 305 – 

Mary Harmon, Schilling Elementary School, library media specialist; certificate area: early childhood through young adulthood/library media 

Seaman, USD 345 – 

Debbie Stewart, Logan Elementary School, second grade teacher; certificate area: early and middle childhood/literacy/ reading-language arts 

The process is often misunderstood to mean a teacher passed a test or was nominated for the award. Alvin Peters, the director of the program that guides teachers through working toward becoming NBCTs, adds, “National Board certification is a different kind of honor. Teachers must submit extensive documentation of their instruction, including videos of their students at work in the classroom.”