National Board Certification
January 28, 2022

Kudos to New York's 51 new National Board Certified Teachers!

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Caption: Half Hollow Hills Teachers Association members Lisa Cannata, Caroline Greene, Camellia Amadio and Lauren Ruiz worked together to earn National Board Certification. Photo by Chip Parker.

Becoming a National Board Certified Teacher is always a big honor. But earning the profession’s highest credential during a pandemic? That’s even more impressive.

As part of NBCT celebration week, NYSUT congratulated the 51 teachers from across the state who earned National Board Certification in December 2021 (see below for complete list). They will be honored later this spring in an online event hosted by NYSUT and the New York State Education Department.

“Achieving National Board Certification in the midst of a pandemic is a testament to the dedication these teachers have to their students and their profession,” NYSUT President Andy Pallotta said. “It’s a tremendous accomplishment.”

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New York is now home to 2,224 National Board Certified Teachers, with nearly 700 more educators still in the process, according to the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards. Candidates typically spend 200-400 hours completing the extensive application including a portfolio, student work samples, videos and analysis of their teaching and student learning.

“We began our journey three years ago before the pandemic hit,” said Lisa Cannata, a speech pathologist who worked with a cohort of Half Hollow Hills teachers led by Elissa Reichstein. “If you told me I’d be doing this while teaching my kids (with severe disabilities) on Zoom and documenting their growth in a video, I never would have believed you!”

Cannata said working with a group was incredibly helpful, with colleagues reading each other’s papers, offering technology tips and much more. “We met Saturdays and during shared free periods,” Cannata said. “Sometimes it's moral support, sometimes it's specific to our discipline. Other times, it is just reviewing the teaching standards and helix and discussing with our colleagues, how their teaching works within this framework.”

Cannata and three other teachers who were the first in the cohort to achieve will continue working with colleagues who are still working on their applications. “While doing this during a pandemic was certainly challenging, it really helped me grow collaboratively, technologically and creatively,” Cannata said. “Now I want to give back and help others on their journey.”

Cannata said she is fortunate that her district is one of hundreds in the state with contracts offering a salary step or stipend for NBCTs. She also is grateful for the state’s Albert Shanker Grant, a union-backed initiative that covers the costs for National Board Certification.

NYSUT Executive Vice President Jolene DiBrango said the union strongly supports national board candidates by offering awareness programs, support and advice through online discussion forums, writing retreats and professional development through its Education & Learning Trust. The union also works with teacher centers to support candidates.

Achieving National Board Certification can also be used to satisfy the state's new Continuing Teacher and Leader Education requirements, DiBrango noted. Through NYSUT's Education & Learning Trust and Empire State College, candidates can earn three graduate credits for each completed component for a total of 12 graduate credits. Many school districts provide compensation for graduate credits.

Want to know more? Teachers interested in pursuing National Board Certification can find resources online, including a support program, tips and a list of districts that offer incentives.

For NYSUT resources on National Board Certification, visit nysut.org/nbpts.

 

 


New York State’s Class of 2021 National Board Certified Teachers

CHITTENANGO TEACHERS ASSOCIATION

Elizabeth Carpenter
Science/AYA

CORNWALL CENTRAL TEACHERS ASSOCIATION

Olga Chernyak
World Languages/EAYA

GRAND ISLAND TEACHERS ASSOCIATION

Mary Howard
Generalist/MC

HALF HOLLOW HILLS TEACHERS ASSOCIATION

Camellia Amadio
Exceptional Needs Specialist/ECYA

Lisa Cannata
Exceptional Needs Specialist/ECYA

Caroline Greene
Exceptional Needs Specialist/ECYA

Lauren Ruiz
Exceptional Needs Specialist/ECYA

HASTINGS TEACHERS ASSOCIATION

Steven Lopez
World Languages/EAYA

HUDSON FALLS TEACHERS ASSOCIATION

Sharon Farrell
English Language Arts/AYA

JAMESVILLE-DEWITT FACULTY ASSOCIATION

David Bunyan
Social Studies-History/AYA

Andrew Cottet
Social Studies-History/AYA

LAFAYETTE TEACHERS ASSOCIATION

David Amidon
Science/EA

LONG BEACH CLASSROOM TEACHERS ASSOCIATION

Christine Graham
Social Studies-History/AYA

PLAINEDGE FEDERATION OF TEACHERS

Maura Czachor
Mathematics/EA

SCHENECTADY FEDERATION OF TEACHERS

Rebecca Benjamin
Literacy: Reading-Language Arts/EMC

Donya Clute
Literacy: Reading-Language Arts/EMC

Jessica Kohout
Science/AYA

Ellen Lin
Science/AYA

Julie Neugebauer
Mathematics/EA

SEWANHAKA FEDERATION OF TEACHERS

Joan Molloy-Castles
Exceptional Needs Specialist/ECYA

Lorin Wirth-Eckl
Exceptional Needs Specialist/ECYA

SMITHTOWN TEACHERS ASSOCIATION

Jennifer Keller
Social Studies-History/AYA

SPRINGS TEACHERS ASSOCIATION

Ryan Scala
Generalist/MC

STILLWATER TEACHERS ASSOCIATION

Madison Ramnes
Literacy: Reading-Language Arts/EMC

SYOSSET TEACHERS ASSOCIATION

Manoj Thadhani
Social Studies-History/AYA

SYRACUSE TEACHERS ASSOCIATION

Melicia Edwards
Literacy: Reading-Language Arts/EMC

UNITED FEDERATION OF TEACHERS

Michelle Asaro
Exceptional Needs Specialist/ECYA

Jihyun Bahng
Mathematics/AYA

Yvonne Banks
Generalist/EC

Katelyn Chinnis
Literacy: Reading-Language Arts/EMC

Ivelisse Cortes
Exceptional Needs Specialist/ECYA

Kiersten Franz
Mathematics/AYA

Diana Guerrini
Generalist/EC

Yesenia Moreno
English as a New Language/EMC

Mary Petit
Literacy: Reading-Language Arts/EMC

Vincent Pham
English as a New Language/EAYA

Sarah Przedborski
Generalist/EC

Cassandra Regan
Exceptional Needs Specialist/ECYA

Cynthia Serrano
Exceptional Needs Specialist/ECYA

Julia Shube
Mathematics/AYA

Jessica VanScoy
Social Studies-History/AYA

Susan Wierzbowski
Exceptional Needs Specialist/ECYA

UNITED LIVERPOOL FACULTY ASSOCIATION

Valerie Manzo
Generalist/EC

WAPPINGERS CT

Laura Ineson
Science/EA

WEST GENESEE DISTRICT TEACHERS ASSOCIATION

Kelli Barbuto
Literacy: Reading-Language Arts/EMC

YONKERS FEDERATION OF TEACHERS

Christine Heidelberger
Literacy: Reading-Language Arts/EMC

UNAFFILIATED

Molly Goodell   
Science/EA

Grace Hwang
Generalist/EC

Chris Marshall  
Exceptional Needs Specialist-ECYA

Kasey Rabideau
Social Studies-History/EA

Stephanie Schaefer   
Mathematics/AYA

Key:

  • AYA: Adolescence and Young Adulthood
  • EA: Early Adolescence
  • EAYA: Early Adolescence through Young Adulthood
  • EC: Early Childhood
  • ECYA: Early Childhood through Young Adulthood
  • EMC: Early and Middle Childhood
  • MC: Middle Childhood

For NYSUT resources on National Board Certification, visit nysut.org/nbpts.

 

 

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