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December 16, 2009

National Board Certification: 117 more earn teaching's gold standard

Source: NYSUT Media Relations
Caption: Schenectady High School teacher Meghan Libertucci beams with pride at a celebration of new National Board Certified Teachers. NYSUT Vice President Maria Neira (left) was on hand at the Albany event to honor the National Board's Class of 2009 - educators who've earned teaching's "gold standard." [more photos]

ALBANY, N.Y. December 16, 2009 - New York State United Teachers cheered the accomplishments of 117 New York teachers, including more than a dozen from the Capital Region, who today earned what is widely considered to be the "gold standard" for teaching excellence: certification from the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards.

The 117 new nationally certified teachers brings to 999 - of more than 235,000 statewide - the number of New York teachers who have demonstrated, through extensive testing; portfolios; videotapes of their teaching; and highly detailed, reflective writing that they can - and should - be considered "master teachers." 

See also: NYSUT's National Board Certification Resources

"New York is widely known for the skill, dedication and professionalism of its teaching force. The 117 teachers we honor today are standard bearers for teaching excellence," said NYSUT President Richard C. Iannuzzi. "By voluntarily taking on this enormous challenge, and demonstrating their knowledge and ability to help students learn, they are rightly being recognized as the 'best of the best' and we congratulate them."

NYSUT Vice President Maria Neira, who unveiled the national board's Class of 2009 at a news conference at the Stephen and Harriet Myers Middle School in Albany, said nationally certified teachers help to improve student achievement. Studies show that, on average, students of board-certified teachers experience learning gains equal to an extra month in class, with an even greater impact on low-income students.

"These highly skilled teachers represent all their colleagues, past and present, who have achieved our profession's highest standard," Neira said.  "Quality teaching, which includes collaboration between teachers and partnerships with administrators and the community, is essential to ending the achievement gap. In Albany, Schenectady and other school districts, nationally certified teachers are leaders in helping to spread 'best practice' and improve on the already high level of teaching taking place in our classrooms."

New York Education Commissioner David Steiner noted that, "Teachers certified through the National Board receive rigorous training, and the results are evident in the classroom.  And that's important because we know that nothing matters more to the educational opportunities of students than the caliber of their teachers." Steiner said that he and the Board of Regents support National Board Certification "as a way to ensure that teachers get the very complex skills they need to succeed in our demanding classrooms."

Neira, a board member of the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, said National Board candidates spend between 200-400 hours of their own time having their teaching measured against high and rigorous standards through an extensive series of performance-based assessments.  These assessments include teaching portfolios, student work samples, videotapes or DVDs and thorough analyses of the candidate's teaching and students' learning.  The process involves written exercises that probe the depth of a candidate's subject matter knowledge, as well as his or her understanding of how to teach those subjects.

Neira noted that only half of all candidates for national certification pass on their first try, but just the attempt is a powerful professional development experience.

Neira said the Albany Public School Teachers Association, led by Cathy Corbo, and the school district negotiated a $3,000 stipend to be paid to all nationally certified teachers.  Similar incentives for national certification exist in about 180 school districts statewide.

In addition, many districts provide release time for candidates to work toward national certification. NYSUT assists National Board candidates by offering awareness programs, support and advice through on-line discussion forums, conferences and professional development through its Education & Learning Trust. The union works with teacher centers to support candidates through the challenging board-certification process.

"School districts that recognize the value of having nationally certified teachers are beginning to reap the benefits," Neira said. "We are starting to see concentrations of nationally certified teachers in Albany, Schenectady and other places that offer local incentives. The end result is that these districts are seeing increased success in their efforts to raise student achievement."

NYSUT, the state's largest union, represents more than 600,000 teachers, school-related professionals, academic and professional faculty in higher education, professionals in education and health care and retirees.  NYSUT is affiliated with the American Federation of Teachers, National Education Association and the AFL-CIO.

For more information, visit www.nysut.org/nbpts and www.nbpts.org.

2009 National Board Certified Teachers

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FIRSTLASTDISTRICTCERTIFICATE
MelissaHirtALBANY CITY SCHOOL DISTRICTCareer and Technical Education/Early Adolescence through Young Adulthood
DeborahCroninALBANY CITY SCHOOL DISTRICTArt/Early and Middle Childhood
KathleenPeiferARLINGTON CENTRAL SCHOOL DISTRICTExceptional Needs Specialist/Early Childhood through Young Adulthood
JeanHoinsBALLSTON SPA CENTRAL SCHOOL DISTRICTGeneralist/Middle Childhood
DavidBesozziBURNT HILLS-BALLSTON LAKE CENTRAL SCHOOL DISTRICTSocial Studies - History/Adolescence and Young Adulthood
Julie MarieSmithCANANDAIGUA CITY SCHOOL DISTRICTGeneralist/Early Childhood
BonnieCazerCANANDAIGUA CITY SCHOOL DISTRICTGeneralist/Early Childhood
MichaelSissonCANANDAIGUA CITY SCHOOL DISTRICTEnglish Language Arts/Adolescence and Young Adulthood
CarolWrightCANTON CENTRAL SCHOOL DISTRICTCareer and Technical Education/Early Adolescence through Young Adulthood
SandraAthansCHITTENANGO CENTRAL SCHOOL DISTRICTLiteracy: Reading-Language Arts/Early and Middle Childhood
BrianMcintoshCLINTON CENTRAL SCHOOL DISTRICTSocial Studies - History/Adolescence and Young Adulthood
MeganFosterCOLTON-PIERREPONT CENTRAL SCHOOL DISTRICTLiteracy: Reading-Language Arts/Early and Middle Childhood
SusannaSeipCORNING CITY SCHOOL DISTRICTScience/Adolescence and Young Adulthood
CynthiaKleinCORNWALL CENTRAL SCHOOL DISTRICTMathematics/Early Adolescence
LindaParrellaCORNWALL CENTRAL SCHOOL DISTRICTScience/Adolescence and Young Adulthood
LynnBrownCORTLAND SCHOOL DISTRICTLiteracy: Reading-Language Arts/Early and Middle Childhood
LisaBenincasaEAST HAMPTON UNION FREE SCHOOL DISTRICTScience/Adolescence and Young Adulthood
RochelAshEAST RAMAPO CENTRAL SCHOOL DISTRICT (SPRING VALLEY)Science/Adolescence and Young Adulthood
JoyPierre-LouisEAST RAMAPO CENTRAL SCHOOL DISTRICT (SPRING VALLEY)Mathematics/Adolescence and Young Adulthood
JillEdwardsELMIRA CITY SCHOOL DISTRICTExceptional Needs Specialist/Early Childhood through Young Adulthood
AmandaMaceELMIRA CITY SCHOOL DISTRICTGeneralist/Middle Childhood
StacieMillerFAIRPORT CENTRAL SCHOOL DISTRICTMathematics/Adolescence and Young Adulthood
JosephKirschFAIRPORT CENTRAL SCHOOL DISTRICTSocial Studies - History/Adolescence and Young Adulthood
MichaelMallaberFAIRPORT CENTRAL SCHOOL DISTRICTSocial Studies - History/Adolescence and Young Adulthood
SarahWilliamsFAIRPORT CENTRAL SCHOOL DISTRICTLiteracy: Reading-Language Arts/Early and Middle Childhood
LisaGeraciFAYETTEVILLE-MANLIUS CENTRAL SCHOOL DISTRICTGeneralist/Middle Childhood
KoryMcmahonFAYETTEVILLE-MANLIUS CENTRAL SCHOOL DISTRICTPhysical Education/Early and Middle Childhood
JulieGratienFAYETTEVILLE-MANLIUS CENTRAL SCHOOL DISTRICTArt/Early and Middle Childhood
MarieFaganFREDONIA CENTRAL SCHOOL DISTRICTMathematics/Early Adolescence
AmyLauerFREDONIA CENTRAL SCHOOL DISTRICTScience/Early Adolescence
AmberChandlerFRONTIER CENTRAL SCHOOL DISTRICTEnglish Language Arts/Early Adolescence
PattySavinGLENS FALLS CITY SCHOOL DISTRICTGeneralist/Early Childhood
RobertAmbergerGLENS FALLS CITY SCHOOL DISTRICTCareer and Technical Education/Early Adolescence through Young Adulthood
DarcyMeyerGORHAM-MIDDLESEX CENTRAL SCHOOL DISTRICT (MARCUS WHITMAN)Exceptional Needs Specialist/Early Childhood through Young Adulthood
KarenSchindlerGREECE CENTRAL SCHOOL DISTRICTSocial Studies - History/Early Adolescence
BrianMcdowellHILTON CENTRAL SCHOOL DISTRICTScience/Adolescence and Young Adulthood
SusanKellnerHOLLAND CENTRAL SCHOOL DISTRICTGeneralist/Early Childhood
HeidiKnoppHOLLAND PATENT CENTRAL SCHOOL DISTRICTGeneralist/Middle Childhood
CherylHarrisHOLLAND PATENT CENTRAL SCHOOL DISTRICTLiteracy: Reading-Language Arts/Early and Middle Childhood
PatriciaCastelloneKATONAH-LEWISBORO UNION FREE SCHOOL DISTRICTGeneralist/Early Childhood
LauraWidmanKENMORE-TONAWANDA UNION FREE SCHOOL DISTRICTSocial Studies - History/Adolescence and Young Adulthood
DarcyAllenderLEWISTON-PORTER CENTRAL SCHOOL DISTRICTLiteracy: Reading-Language Arts/Early and Middle Childhood
RebeccaBuckinghamLISBON CENTRAL SCHOOL DISTRICTScience/Adolescence and Young Adulthood
KimO'NeilLIVERPOOL CENTRAL SCHOOL DISTRICTGeneralist/Middle Childhood
ChrisWalshLIVERPOOL CENTRAL SCHOOL DISTRICTScience/Early Adolescence
KathleenReinMARCELLUS CENTRAL SCHOOL DISTRICTEnglish Language Arts/Early Adolescence
ElaineWhitcombMASSENA CENTRAL SCHOOL DISTRICTEnglish Language Arts/Adolescence and Young Adulthood
DarrellMcelroyMONROE-WOODBURY CENTRAL SCHOOL DISTRICTSocial Studies - History/Adolescence and Young Adulthood
StephanieWallgrenNEW YORK CITY GEOGRAPHIC DISTRICT # 2English Language Arts/Adolescence and Young Adulthood
AimeeBarberaNEW YORK CITY GEOGRAPHIC DISTRICT # 9Exceptional Needs Specialist/Early Childhood through Young Adulthood
JasonWagnerNEW YORK CITY GEOGRAPHIC DISTRICT #?English Language Arts/Adolescence and Young Adulthood
MeredithRodriguezNEW YORK CITY GEOGRAPHIC DISTRICT #10Literacy: Reading-Language Arts/Early and Middle Childhood
StephenLazarNEW YORK CITY GEOGRAPHIC DISTRICT #11Social Studies - History/Adolescence and Young Adulthood
AllysonAmbroseNEW YORK CITY GEOGRAPHIC DISTRICT #13English Language Arts/Adolescence and Young Adulthood
SusanHarterNEW YORK CITY GEOGRAPHIC DISTRICT #14Generalist/Middle Childhood
AndreaAmbrisNEW YORK CITY GEOGRAPHIC DISTRICT #19Generalist/Middle Childhood
MichelleAlexiouNEW YORK CITY GEOGRAPHIC DISTRICT #26Literacy: Reading-Language Arts/Early and Middle Childhood
ThereseTorchonNEW YORK CITY GEOGRAPHIC DISTRICT #29Science/Early Adolescence
ElizabethHealyNEW YORK CITY PUBLIC SCHOOLSEnglish Language Arts/Adolescence and Young Adulthood
DavidPrettoNEW YORK CITY PUBLIC SCHOOLSEnglish Language Arts/Early Adolescence
PatriciaPerriNEW YORK CITY PUBLIC SCHOOLSMathematics/Adolescence and Young Adulthood
KelliMcdanielNew York City Public Schools Literacy: Reading-Language Arts/Early and Middle Childhood
AnneGardnerNEWARK VALLEY CENTRAL SCHOOL DISTRICTLiteracy: Reading-Language Arts/Early and Middle Childhood
ShirleyRiefenhauserNEWBURGH CITY SCHOOL DISTRICTSocial Studies - History/Adolescence and Young Adulthood
HollyLeeNORTH SYRACUSE CENTRAL SCHOOL DISTRICTGeneralist/Early Childhood
MichelleGiulianoNYC SPECIAL SCHOOLS - DISTRICT 75Exceptional Needs Specialist/Early Childhood through Young Adulthood
KimberlyWolfertNYC SPECIAL SCHOOLS - DISTRICT 75Exceptional Needs Specialist/Early Childhood through Young Adulthood
MollyMyersNYC SPECIAL SCHOOLS - DISTRICT 75Exceptional Needs Specialist/Early Childhood through Young Adulthood
MigdaliaSanabria-NievesUnknownScience/Early Adolescence
RebeccaDamasUnknownMathematics/Early Adolescence
CarolynMichaelUnknownMathematics/Early Adolescence
DanaFerraraOCEANSIDE UNION FREE SCHOOL DISTRICTExceptional Needs Specialist/Early Childhood through Young Adulthood
TonyaAlexanderOWEGO-APALACHIN CENTRAL SCHOOL DISTRICTEnglish Language Arts/Adolescence and Young Adulthood
VirginiaBurgessPHELPS-CLIFTON SPRINGS CENTRAL SCHOOL DISTRICTEnglish Language Arts/Early Adolescence
ElenaTitmasPLAINEDGE UNION FREE SCHOOL DISTRICTGeneralist/Early Childhood
LawrenceMaggioPLAINEDGE UNION FREE SCHOOL DISTRICTMathematics/Adolescence and Young Adulthood
RobertBakerPUTNAM VALLEY CENTRAL SCHOOL DISTRICTMathematics/Adolescence and Young Adulthood
WilliamScampoliPUTNAM VALLEY CENTRAL SCHOOL DISTRICTSocial Studies - History/Adolescence and Young Adulthood
BarbaraRizzoloRHINEBECK CENTRAL SCHOOL DISTRICTGeneralist/Early Childhood
ChantalDefileRHINEBECK CENTRAL SCHOOL DISTRICTGeneralist/Middle Childhood
ThomasBlassRHINEBECK CENTRAL SCHOOL DISTRICTExceptional Needs Specialist/Early Childhood through Young Adulthood
LorettaMillerRIPLEY CENTRAL SCHOOL DISTRICTExceptional Needs Specialist/Early Childhood through Young Adulthood
VivianIsomROOSEVELT UNION FREE SCHOOL DISTRICTCareer and Technical Education/Early Adolescence through Young Adulthood
AdamBarrROTTERDAM-MOHONASEN CENTRAL SCHOOL DISTRICTScience/Adolescence and Young Adulthood
KelseyTurnerRUSH-HENRIETTA CENTRAL SCHOOL DISTRICTGeneralist/Middle Childhood
CatherineTelferRYE CITY SCHOOL DISTRICTArt/Early Adolescence through Young Adulthood
SarahMatticeSCHALMONT CENTRAL SCHOOL DISTRICTEnglish Language Arts/Adolescence and Young Adulthood
TracyPeers PontinSCHALMONT CENTRAL SCHOOL DISTRICTEnglish Language Arts/Adolescence and Young Adulthood
JeanInzinnaSCHENECTADY CITY SCHOOL DISTRICTLiteracy: Reading-Language Arts/Early and Middle Childhood
SaraKramerSCHENECTADY CITY SCHOOL DISTRICTEnglish Language Arts/Adolescence and Young Adulthood
LeighFeguerSCHENECTADY CITY SCHOOL DISTRICTScience/Adolescence and Young Adulthood
ThomasPattersonSCHENECTADY CITY SCHOOL DISTRICTCareer and Technical Education/Early Adolescence through Young Adulthood
JeanneMyersSCHENECTADY CITY SCHOOL DISTRICTSchool Counseling/Early Childhood through Young Adulthood
DianeAllegroSCHENECTADY CITY SCHOOL DISTRICTCareer and Technical Education/Early Adolescence through Young Adulthood
MeghanLibertucciSCHENECTADY CITY SCHOOL DISTRICTEnglish Language Arts/Adolescence and Young Adulthood
PatriceBarretteSCHENECTADY CITY SCHOOL DISTRICTLiteracy: Reading-Language Arts/Early and Middle Childhood
EmilyDearstyneSCHENECTADY CITY SCHOOL DISTRICTLibrary Media/Early Childhood through Young Adulthood
RobinAnglimSENECA FALLS CENTRAL SCHOOL DISTRICTLiteracy: Reading-Language Arts/Early and Middle Childhood
ElizbethSteinSMITHTOWN CENTRAL SCHOOL DISTRICTLiteracy: Reading-Language Arts/Early and Middle Childhood
ChristinePurtellSPENCERPORT CENTRAL SCHOOL DISTRICTMathematics/Early Adolescence
StaceyShortinoSPENCERPORT CENTRAL SCHOOL DISTRICTCareer and Technical Education/Early Adolescence through Young Adulthood
JoanneStilesSUNY POSTDAMEnglish Language Arts/Adolescence and Young Adulthood
KathleenKellySYOSSET CENTRAL SCHOOL DISTRICTGeneralist/Middle Childhood
ChristineWildeSYOSSET CENTRAL SCHOOL DISTRICTLibrary Media/Early Childhood through Young Adulthood
KevinMixonSYRACUSE CITY SCHOOL DISTRICTMusic/Early and Middle Childhood
MichaelSingerSYRACUSE CITY SCHOOL DISTRICTScience/Adolescence and Young Adulthood
LauraTedescoTROY CITY SCHOOL DISTRICTScience/Adolescence and Young Adulthood
JanetMurphyUNION SPRINGS CENTRAL SCHOOL DISTRICTGeneralist/Middle Childhood
ShahnaNewtonWAPPINGERS CENTRAL SCHOOL DISTRICTEnglish Language Arts/Adolescence and Young Adulthood
MaryellenBovaWAPPINGERS CENTRAL SCHOOL DISTRICTEnglish Language Arts/Adolescence and Young Adulthood
AnnLiebergotWAPPINGERS CENTRAL SCHOOL DISTRICTExceptional Needs Specialist/Early Childhood through Young Adulthood
KathleenEstelowWATKINS GLEN CENTRAL SCHOOL DISTRICTCareer and Technical Education/Early Adolescence through Young Adulthood
ElizabethHennessyWAYNE CENTRAL SCHOOL DISTRICTGeneralist/Early Childhood
JenniferHeaphyWEBSTER CENTRAL SCHOOL DISTRICTGeneralist/Middle Childhood
DavidPattWEST IRONDEQUOIT CENTRAL SCHOOL DISTRICTExceptional Needs Specialist/Early Childhood through Young Adulthood
SheriAbdullahWINDSOR CENTRAL SCHOOL DISTRICTGeneralist/Early Childhood
DijonLindseyYONKERS CITY SCHOOL DISTRICTEnglish Language Arts/Early Adolescence