Pennsylvania honors National Board Certified Teachers
122 teachers from every corner of Pennsylvania traveled to Harrisburg this week to be honored for an important achievement. Each earned certification from the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards.
Surrounded by their families, friends and colleagues, along with past National Board Certified teachers, legislators and public officials, the recipients were recognized for their hard work and dedication in earning national certification.
PSEA Treasurer Jerry Oleksiak spoke at the ceremony, congratulating the teachers on their extraordinary achievement. “The importance of National Board certification isn't the certificate itself, but the process. It's about getting good teachers to reflect on their practices -- what works, what they can improve, and how they can share that with others in the profession. The certification process is a rigorous, challenging process that causes teachers to analyze their work. Going through that process helps teachers improve their own skills and helps them to be effective mentors for other teachers.”
PSEA member David Taylor, president elect of the South Fayette Township EA and 2008 National Board Certified Teacher, spoke to the crowd of several hundred. Taylor congratulated the other honorees and spoke about the challenges, opportunities, and tremendous value of the certification process.
Of the 122 teachers receiving National Board Certification, 63 are PSEA members. Pennsylvania now has 498 National Board Certified Teachers, with this class increasing the number of teachers receiving certification by 80% over last year. Currently, Pennsylvania ranks 16th nationwide in the number of new National Board Certified Teachers (NBCTs) and 21st in the total number of teachers who have achieved certification.
Learn more about National Board Certification on PSEA.org.
Pictured: At right - PSEA Treasurer Jerry Oleksiak, Below - 2008 National Board Certificate recipients