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Capital Region teachers earn national certification

Capital Region teachers earn national certification

The certification is considered a mark of excellence in the teaching profession
Capital Region teachers earn national certification
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About a dozen Capital Region teachers recently earned National Board Certification, considered a mark of excellence in the teaching profession.

Across the state, 98 teachers earned the certification this year, the New York State United Teachers announced Wednesday. In the Capital Region, teachers from Schenectady, North Colonie, Cobleskill-Richmondville, Fonda-Fultonville, Broadalbin-Perth and Saratoga Springs school districts were recognized.

In Schenectady, high school social studies teacher Chris Ognibene and Woodlawn Elementary School reading teacher Angela Gozalkowski both earned the certification, for which teachers must demonstrate that they meet high teaching standards through video and written submissions and a content-area test.

Ognibene estimated he spent between 125 and 150 hours compiling material and writing responses as part of the process. He said he appreciated a chance to step back and reflect on his classroom practice. Part of the process, for example, required him to demonstrate how and why he approached teaching two students who learned in different ways.

“Reflection is something teachers are supposed to do, but often, requirements of the school day leave no time for systemic reflection,” he said.

Other recently certified teachers in the region are:

  • North Colonie: Shaker High School world languages teacher Kelly Mattice; Latham Ridge Elementary School teachers Nicole French and Amory Lawler.
  • Cobleskill-Richmondville: Radez Elementary School teachers Katie Sill and Kathryn Elder.
  • Fonda-Fultonville Central School District teachers Tanya Chmura and Shelly Shaffer.
  • Saratoga Springs music teacher Maura McNamara.
  • Broadalbin-Perth: Middle school science teacher Kelly DiNatale.

The certifications come from the Virginia-based National Board for Professional Teaching Standards.

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