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Middle School NBCT's

Sarah Harrison
Sarah Harrison
ELA Teacher
Central Wilkes Middle School
2002 NBCT Renewed in 2012
 
"Achieving National Board certification validated my philosophy and practice regarding education and brought tremendous satisfaction that the tenets of best practice were being recognized and valued at
the state and national levels. As a reflective practitioner, I regularly use the 5 core propositions set forth by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards to guide my practice and my reflection in an effort to exemplify a National Board Certified teacher."
   
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Angela Chapell
8th Grade Math/Science Teacher
Central Wilkes Middle School
2012 NBCT
 
"For me, it was a processional goal I wanted to achieve. I knew that the biggest benefit would be to my students; it has been and continues to be. As a result of the process, I have become more purposeful and reflective in my teaching."
   
Mark Horton
Mark Horton
CTE Teacher
Central Wilkes Middle School
2003 NBCT  Renewed in 2013
 
"Pursuing my National Board Certification allowed me to more closely look at who I teach, how I teach, and why I teach."
   
Kendall Privette
Kendall Privette
8th grade ELA and Social Studies Teacher
Central Wilkes Middle School
2011 NBCT
 
"Participating in National Board Certification provided a time of intense reflection on my teaching practice and pushed me to new heights of creativity." 
   
Carol Cleary
Carol Cleary
Assistant Principal
Central Wilkes Middle School
2011 NBCT
 
"An essential component of growth in any area, personal or professional, is to first spend an abundant amount of time reflecting on your current situation; to determine areas in which you would consider yourself an expert and to humbly recognize the areas in which you need to seek help to improve. Although I think all educators are reflective by nature as we do this with our lessons daily—What went well? What didn’t go so well? Did the students grasp the concept or master the objective the lesson was intended to address? Did the students grasp the relevance of the purpose of the lesson?--the National Boards process was the catalyst behind a much deeper and more thorough reflection of my practice. The process stimulated true collaboration. I’m not talking about surface-level collaboration in which everyone on a team sits in common planning and maps out what they are teaching and when. I’m talking about true give-and-take where colleagues are honest enough to be vulnerable with one another and admit they need help; where the concern for the students and things that should be done on their behalf outweigh pride and competition. When I admitted that I was at a loss, talented colleagues observed, critiqued, and coached my instructional delivery of social studies concepts for weeks. With their help, planning more focused lessons and activities increased not only student engagement but also my own enthusiasm for social studies. One of my best friends and most talented colleagues even went so far as to come to my home to coach me through my final submission, making suggestions as I edited my video and write-up of the lesson I had recorded. I passed my National Boards on my third and final attempt. Even if I had not passed, the invaluable improvements I credit to improved reflection and collaboration will have far-reaching positive effects on not only the students I had in my classroom afterward, but also the students and teachers I am blessed to work with every day as an administrator."  
   
Bonnie Watkins
Bonnie Watkins
6th Grade Math and Science Teacher
Central Wilkes Middle School
2006 NBCT Renewed in 2016
 
"The journey to attaining National Board certification is the most beneficial professional development experience I have ever had. The process of researching best practices, reflection on teaching, and collaboration with fellow candidates has enabled me to have a clearer vision of how I can help each student meet his or her potential."
   
Renee Wiles
Renee Wiles
7th Grade ELA and Social Studies Teacher
East Wilkes Middle School
2000 NBCT Renewed in 2010
 
"To me it was the greatest PD I’ve ever done! I learned more about myself as a teacher and continued to grow and make changes since I now know how to deeply reflect on my teaching and its effect on my students. I got my masters after NB certification and the NB process definitely changed and improved my teaching more than my master’s degree."
   
Rita Ray
Rita Ray
6th Grade ELA and Social Studies Teacher
East Wilkes Middle School
2006 NBCT Renewed in 2016
 
"By completing the certification and renewal process for National Boards, I have been able to develop effective reflection techniques to refine the fine art and craft of teaching.  The process of reflecting on best teaching practices ensures that I am continually striving to improve the teaching and learning in my classroom.  This enables me to make deliberate and intentional instructional decisions and to develop perceptive problem solving skills to benefit my students.  This process has allowed me to be an agent of positive change in my classroom and, as I hope my students will be, a lifelong learner." 
   
Melissa Chipman
Melissa Chipman
8th Grade Science/Math/Math1 Teacher
East Wilkes Middle School
2010 NBCT
 
"Acquiring National Board Certification taught me to examine and reflect how my teaching strategies have improved with the new knowledge I've gained. Certification did not make me a flawless teacher, but it helped me to understand and analyze things when something is going wrong with a student academically.  Out of the whole certification process, my belief is, if students don't learn, it's all on me.  If my students grow, I've grown."
   
Michael Holleman
Michael Holleman
CTE Teacher
North Wilkes Middle School
2012 NBCT
 
"During the National Board process I had to reflect on the effectiveness of my instruction.  Looking not only at student progress and achievement but also watching and analyzing my interaction with students.  The National Board process showed me the importance of analyzing all factors that affect student learning."  
   
Heather Freeman
Heather Freeman
Principal
North Wilkes Middle School
2010 NBCT
 
"This process was very meaningful in terms of fostering my reflection on what learning was taking place in my classroom.  It also allowed me to look deeply at how I was amending learning for those in my class that were not making the progress I felt should have resulted from the lessons."  
   
Piper Church
Piper Church
8th Grade ELA Teacher
North Wilkes Middle School
2005 NBCT  Renewed in 2015
 
"The process of National Boards was an extensively reflective one that led me to process better ways that I could address student needs in lots of areas.  As I moved through the process, I became aware of my personal strengths and my own weaknesses; then I resolved to work more diligently to become a more effective teacher.  I have encouraged other teachers to attempt National Boards and hope to continue to do so.  Going to NCCAT and working as both a candidate and as a coach for those attempting NB proved extremely helpful in the growth process.  This venture also led me into  a network of strong teachers across the state with whom I still connect/fellowship with and learn from.  National Boards and the pursuit of it have led me to a variety of positives in my life both professionally and personally."
   
Brian Huffman
Brian Huffman
6th Grade ELA Teacher
West Wilkes Middle School
2001 NBCT Renewed in 2011
 
"The process of National Boards led me to a deep understanding of reflective teaching. Reflection on the planning,implementation,and evaluation of the lesson. I realized the power of timely feedback to empower my students. This feedback enabled them to "voice" their opinions in a safe and nurturing environment." 
   
Thelma Kastl
Thelma Kastl
CTE STEM Teacher
West Wilkes Middle School
2006 NBCT  Renewed in 2016
 
"Becoming Nationally Board Certified has meant that I now hold myself to a higher accountability level than ever before. I expect myself to provide my students with lesson opportunities that will help them excel as students and future adults.  I expect all aspects of my teaching to be such that the students can use what they learn, everyday and in the future. National Board Certification means I must be the best possible teacher and my lessons must be exceptional."