RAYMOND, Wash. - The National Board for Professional Teaching Standards recently certified two Raymond Elementary teachers as meeting their rigorous standards. Ms. Nancy Lewis and Ms. Terri Webber recently received notification that they had met these standards and would shortly receive their certificates. Ms. Lewis and Ms. Webbers, teachers of 2nd and 1st grade respectively, have worked hard over the past year to achieve this distinction.
According to the National Board's website (http://www.nbpts.org) teachers may become certified in 25 areas.
For example, Ms. Lewis and Ms. Webber have been certified in Early Middle Childhood Literacy: Reading and Language Arts. They were certified only after showing evidence of successful teaching in reading, writing, listening and speaking. They were also required to demonstrate the ability to institute a good learning environment, use instructional resources effectively, make good instructional decisions and assess accurately. They proved their competency in these standards by submitting videos of their classroom instruction, by writing and by researching effective education strategies.
Ms. Lewis and Ms. Webber have joined a select group. Washington is among the top ten states in the number of board certified teachers, and last year there were only 2,716 such teachers in our state.