Hazelwood Elementary teacher earns National Board Certification

February 4, 2010

By Tim Pfarr

If you thought cramming for an SAT or advanced physics courses was tough, try spending more than 400 hours preparing videos, lesson plans and presentations before placing it neatly before a panel of national experts.Hazelwood Elementary first-grade teacher Margaret Strong took that challenge and passed with flying colors. She is one of 12 Renton School District Teachers who received the nation’s highest certificate in teaching achievements this year — their National Board Certifications in 2009.

Twenty-one Issaquah School District teachers also earned their National Board Certifications, but none was from the Newcastle area.

Washington state ranked fifth for the most teachers in the nation earning certification this year with 1,248, according to a press release from the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards. Nationwide, 8,900 teachers earned the certification in 2009.

The National Board Certification process is the only certification that compares a teacher’s knowledge and skills with a national set of professional standards, developed by the academic and teaching communities.

The rigorous process asks teachers to compile a portfolio, including individual lesson plans, a video of classroom teaching and student work samples, each of which had to demonstrate how the teacher impacted his or her student’s learning.

Each teacher also had to take a written assessment that demonstrated his or her mastery of a subject area, classroom skills, knowledge base, curriculum design and student learning.

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One Response to “Hazelwood Elementary teacher earns National Board Certification”

  1. Julie on February 16th, 2010 7:08 pm

    Wonderful job Ms. Strong! We are proud of you at Hazelwood.

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