PCSSD - PCSSD welcomes nine National Board Certified Teachers

PCSSD welcomes nine National Board Certified Teachers

(Little Rock, Ark.) –  The Pulaski County Special School District, along with the Arkansas Department of Education, would like to congratulate all Arkansas teachers who received their National Board Certification  in December. Nine teachers from PCSSD were among the group to receive the distinction of “National Board Certified Teacher.” These teachers were recognized by ADE at a reception on April 11, 2019 where they received their official certification.

National Board Certified Teacher The newest National Board Certified Teachers for PCSSD are:

  • Deborah Grimmett - Joe T. Robinson Middle School
  • Angela Rhode - Lawson Elementary School
  • Amanda Sahlin - Lawson Elementary School
  • Kelly Emerson - Landmark Elementary School
  • Julie Gingras - Landmark Elementary School
  • Audrian Harville - Landmark Elementary School
  • Susan Whatley - William Jefferson Clinton Elementary School
  • Shawnee Zanca - Chenal Elementary School
  • Ciara Abrams - Sylvan Hills High School

Teachers who receive the National Board Certified Teachers (NBCT) certification have demonstrated their understanding of national, rigorous teaching standards, as well as their ability to implement educational practices that are research-based. National Board certification can take up to three years to complete. It is also the highest credential available to educators in which they demonstrate an ongoing commitment to the education of students, as well as to their own professional development. It is the most respected professional certification available in K-12 education.

As of December 2018, Arkansas ranks in the top 15 states for National Board Certified teachers with 3,205 teachers who are national board certified. North Carolina tops the list at 21,985 and New Hampshire rounds out the list at 30 teachers.

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