It was a grueling, year-long process, and by the time she had submitted all the individual pieces of her application, teacher Marcia Middleton didn't want to think about it anymore. She especially didn't want to think about how long it would take to find out if her efforts would prove fruitful.
But that is the life of a teacher applying to become a National Board Certified Teacher. Finally announced in November, nine teachers from the Kyrene School District, including Middleton, had earned the award. They had been waiting since last March for the results.
"Just knowing how rigorous of a program it is ... I didn't think I was good enough," Middleton said. "I was surprised and really excited but even if I didn't achieve it, I learned a lot about who I was as a teacher."
Hopeful teachers must submit a portfolio that showcases exactly that - what kind of and how successful of a teacher they are. One item in the application is a video that shows them interacting and teaching their students.
"You really have to sit back and look at what you're doing in the classroom," Middleton said. "It's about that you need to have an end goal in sight for your kids and you are constantly doing something to reach that goal."
Of the nine that achieved the award, five came from Kyrene del Milenio. Greg Broberg, Amy Dean, Chris Huch, Heather Proseus and Josclyn Taylor worked together for the past two years on their portfolio and were there for each other during the entire process.
"They were very devoted to being reflective on their practice," said Milenio principal James Verril.
The certification, which is done by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, lasts for 10 years and includes a raise in salary. All nine Kyrene teachers were recognized and honored at the governing board meeting on Tuesday night.
"In the end I did it to learn, which helps me become a better teacher," Middleton said. "Teachers are already very reflective on their work, but this process made it even more so."
Emily Mazer from Kyrene de los Cerritos, Susan Bryant from Kyrene del Cielo, and Tonia Muhs from Kyrene de la Colina also received the certification.
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