SHEPHERDSVILLE -- 2013 was a good year for National Board Certification and Renewals in Bullitt County Public Schools.
A total of eight educators join the elite ranks of NBCT teachers across the state and nation while two teachers successfully achieved certification renewal.
Five work at the elementary school level while three are at different middle schools.
Amy Cuenca is nationally certified in Music/Early and Middle Childhood. She instructs music at Crossroads Elementary School. Her colleague, fourth grade teacher Kimberly Reibert, is nationally certified in Literacy: Reading – Language Arts/Early and Middle Childhood.
Leslie Weihe is a veteran NBCT and teaches first grade at Crossroads. She successfully completed the process of renewing her national certification. The original certification expired after 10 years. The renewal is good for another 10 years.
Donna Hawkins and Vicki Walker both earned national certification in Literacy: Reading – Language Arts/Early and Middle Childhood. They compose the Reading Matters team at Roby Elementary School.
Christy Prasch, the new library/media specialist at Maryville Elementary School, is nationally certified in Literacy: Reading-Language Arts/Early and Middle Childhood.
Karen Liebert German successfully renewed her national certification in Literacy: Reading-Language Arts/Early and Middle Childhood. She is a reading specialist at Shepherdsville Elementary School.
Turning to middle schools, Randi Skaggs, a seventh/eighth grade Language Arts teacher at Bullitt Lick, is nationally certified in English Language Arts/Early Adolescence.
Sarah Mills, a seventh grade science teacher at Eastside, attained national certification in Science/Early Adolescence.
Wendy Davidson is the band and choir teacher at Hebron. She is now nationally certified in Music/Early Adolescence through Young Adulthood.
They are among 258 Kentucky educators who are part of the NCBT Class of 2013. To date 2,980 teachers in Kentucky have achieved National Board Certification.
That brings the number of National Board Certified Teachers in the district to 64.
National Certification is the Gold Standard for educators. It signifies they have a deep determination to fulfill rigorous requirements that will increase their level of educational excellence in the classroom.
The mission of the National Board is to advance student learning and achievement by establishing the definitive standards and systems for certifying accomplished educators, providing programs and advocating policies that support excellence in teaching and leading and engaging National Board Certified Teachers (NBCTs) and leaders in that process.
The National Board seeks to elevate the status, voice and role of accomplished teachers in shaping a true profession. This includes 1) raising public awareness with respect to the cognitively complex, collaborative and expertise-driven nature of teachers’ work; 2) setting higher standards for entry and advancement into the profession; and 3) recognizing accomplished teaching through a rigorous professional certification process comparable to those found in other premier professions, such as medicine, engineering and law.
Bullitt County Public Schools has over 13,200 students in grades kindergarten through 12. There are 25 school facilities, a certified staff of over 850 and a classified staff of over 850 working every school day to make the district the leader in educational excellence.