Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Sine's Jess Ledbetter takes the cake

Melvin E. Sine teacher Jess Ledbetter had a REALLY good Thanksgiving: the special education preschool teacher recently learned that she earned National Board Certification (NBCT) from the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards.

National Board Certification is the most prestigious credential a teacher can earn. Like board-certified doctors and accountants, teachers who achieve National Board Certification have met rigorous standards through intensive study, expert evaluation, self-assessment and peer review.  National Board Certification is a voluntary assessment program designed to recognize and reward great teachers — and make them better. NBCTs have successfully demonstrated advanced teaching knowledge, skills and practices. Certification is achieved through a rigorous, performance-based assessment that typically takes one to three years to complete. As part of the process, teachers build a portfolio that includes student work samples, assignments, videotapes and a thorough analysis of their classroom teaching. Additionally, teachers are assessed on their knowledge of the subjects they teach. All 50 states, the District of Columbia and more than 700 local school districts, including GESD, recognize NBCT as a mark of distinction.

Ledbetter is the fifth GESD teacher to earn her NBCT in the last three years. Last year, Bicentennial South teachers Qiana Harris and Catherine Ballentine, earned theirs, and two years ago Bicentennial South teachers Willis Carlson and Melanie Conger earned NBCT.