Nine teachers across the Capital Region, including three Schenectady City School District educators, earned a highly-regarded national certification this year, the state Education Department announced Wednesday.
The educators, joining 51 other teachers statewide, earned the certification through the National Board of Professional Teaching Standards, the culmination of a lengthy process that includes written reflections, videotaped lessons and examples of how a teacher responds to student work. Within the education field, the certification is often referred to as the “gold standard” in teacher certifications.
“To achieve National Board certification in the midst of unprecedented challenges the coronavirus pandemic has brought is a testament to the dedication these teachers have to their students and their profession,” New York State United Teachers President Andy Pallotta said in a statement recognizing the certified educators.
The Schenectady City School District has long had among the most National Board-certified teachers in the state.
The following Capital Region teachers earned the certification:
- u Felice Best, literacy teacher in North Colonie Central School District
- u Jennifer Clift, literacy teacher in Schenectady City School District
- u Richard DeCarr, English language arts teacher in Schenectady City School District
- u Nancy Goldblatt, library media specialist in Cobleskill-Richmondville Schhool District
- u Marcy Philo, literacy teacher in Shenendehowa Central School District
- u Kristen Ryan, social studies teacher in Niskayuna Central School District
- u Elizabeth Seyboth, ELA teacher in Cobleskill-Richmondville School District
- u Michael Sheridan, library media specialist in Schenectady City School District
- u Nichole Weber, literacy teacher in Stillwater Central School District
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