Twenty-two Boston Public Schools teachers recently achieved National Board certification, the highest credential in the profession.
“This is a great accomplishment that reflects a lot of hard work that represents both personal achievement and a focus on bringing the best teaching methods to the classroom for the benefit of our students,” John McDonough, interim superintendent for BPS, said in a statement. “As a district, we always strive for this goal. It brings reality to our commitment to have great teachers in every classroom every day."
The 22 educators, the largest group in the 10-year history of the BPS-BTU National Board for Professional Teaching Standards Candidate Support Program, will join the approximately 80 other BPS teachers that have already been certified.
“We congratulate our National Board Certified Teachers on this tremendous accomplishment and honor,” Ross Wilson, assistant superintendent of the Office of Educator Effectiveness, said in a statement. “We know that teachers are the most important factor in a student's education. The National Board process is rigorous and represents the highest level of achievement. These teachers serve as an example of the great educators in the Boston Public Schools.”
The certification process includes a performance-based assessment that takes between one to three years to complete. As part of the process the educators also build a portfolio that includes student work samples, assignments, videotapes and a thorough analysis of their classroom teaching.
Boston Public Schools National Board Certified Teachers Class of 2013:
Scott Balicki - Boston Latin School
Elvira DeLuca - Boston Latin Academy
Mary Dibinga – Boston Latin Academy
Jennifer Dines – Lilla G. Frederick Pilot Middle School
Frances Farrell – Fenway High School, Boston Academy
Sheila Hanson-Fazzolari – James Otis School
Donna Flaherty – Boston Latin Academy
Arielle Freeman – Boston Community Leadership Academy
Alison Galanter – Edward M. Kennedy Academy for Health Careers
Jeffrey Isen – Boston Latin Academy
Seneca King – Edward M. Kennedy Academy for Health Careers
Kristen Toher Leathers – Brighton High School
Miranda Lutyens – Boston Latin Academy
Robin Mankel – Brighton High School
Kathleen Markiewicz – Boston Latin School
Lillie Marshall – Boston Latin Academy
Julian McNeil – Boston Latin Academy
Elizabeth Rooney – Fenway High School
Amy Shapiro – Boston Community Leadership Academy
Allyson Via – Boston Latin Academy
Debra Watson – Mildred Ave. K-8 School
Clara Webb – Boston Latin School
Karene-Sean Hines – Timilty Middle School