Tracy Hinds, an instructional specialist at Twillman Elementary School, has been on a long journey.
Recently named a National Board Certified Teacher (NBCT) through the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, Hinds said she is honored to have earned her certification.
“It took me three years to complete my certification," she said.
Hines added at times it could have been easy for her to become discouraged.
“I’m honored to say I have completed it," she said. "It is like that extra stamp of approval."
National Board Certification is the highest credential available to American educators, according to an HSD statement. Hinds earned her certification in literacy: reading-language arts/ early and middle childhood.
She now joins the ranks of 15 other National Board Certified Teachers in the Hazelwood School District.
National Board President and CEO Dr. Ron Thorpe said Hinds' National Board Certification, "represents the pinnacle of professional accomplishment in teaching.”
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National Board Certification is a voluntary, three-year process, consisting of a two-part assessment. The assessment consists of a portfolio and assessment center exercises. In order to be eligible for certification, a teacher must: hold a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution; have a minimum of three years teaching experience and hold a state teaching license.