The four teachers are Becky Moss from Springville Middle School, Amanda Donaho from Springville Elementary School, Sara Wendt from Moody Middle School and Marsha Boswell from Ragland High School.
Ten more teachers who are in the process of qualifying for certification.
These teachers wanted to put themselves to the ultimate test,” said Margaret Elementary School teacher Lara McClendon, who is National Board Certified. “It is national standards that are extremely high and extremely difficult. We started a support program two years ago, thanks to the board and their generosity.”
McClendon said these teachers spend anywhere from one to three years videotaping themselves and raising themselves up to national standards.
“They are making sure that everything their students are doing and everything they are doing has a very positive and strong impact on their life,” McClendon said. They spend a lot of time reflecting and very carefully looking back at themselves. We have a group that works together and supports each other. We have different certificates, different age groups and different levels. Each certificate is based on what they teach already and what they can prove they can do.”
McClendon said she is grateful to the BOE and Superintendent Jenny Seals for finding the funds in order to continue this program.
“These four teachers shine at their schools,” McClendon said. “It’s not just what they do in their classrooms, but also how they affect their communities and the entire school population. All four of them have done some amazing things.”
Becky Moss thanked the board for the opportunity to do the program.
“Without the money and the grant, there is no way I would be up here right now,” Moss said. “I really appreciate the opportunity to pursue this.”
Earning National Board Certification is my greatest professional accomplishment,” Sara Wendt said. “The rigorous process had such a profound impact on me as an educator in so many ways. I am grateful to St. Clair County for supporting National Board candidates through the process toward improved student learning for our school community.”
Becoming National Board Certified has been a personal goal since I became a teacher 10 years ago,” Amanda Donaho said. “Throughout the process, I realized that being certified was more about my students and less about me. It is a great accomplishment, however, the most important thing is what I do to impact my students each day. I want to help make their future better than they ever dreamed it could be.”
Marsha Boswell thanked the board and gave praise to her mentor Lara McClendon.
“Lara has been tremendous and she has been such an asset,” Boswell said. “She has heard us cry and she has read and read and read. It’s rigorous but very much worth it. If you ever want to look at yourself critically, I suggest you try this.”
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