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BVSD congratulates its 2015 class of National Board Certified Teachers

District now has 176 teachers with certifications, more than any other school district in Colorado

The following five BVSD teachers earned their National Board Certification in 2015:
Christina Dozauer-Ray, Southern Hills Middle School and University Hill Elementary School
Alyssa Fields, Kohl Elementary School
Paula Haskins, Fireside Elementary School
Molly Hosek, Superior Elementary School
Andrew Matthews, Peak to Peak Charter School
These teachers were honored by the Boulder Valley Board of Education and BVSD Superintendent Bruce Messinger at a March 8 reception in Boulder.
The district now has a total of 176 teachers with National Board Certifications, more than any other school district in Colorado. Like Board certification in professions such as medicine and architecture, National Board Certification is the highest mark of accomplishment in teaching.
“Passing the national boards was one of the most difficult tasks I've ever undertaken,” said Christina (Tina) Dozauer-Ray. “It made me take a hard look at all of my teaching over the course of my career and ask ‘Why do I do it this way? Is it truly the best I can do for my students?’ As a result, I have become a more thoughtful and effective teacher.” Dozauer-Ray teaches middle level choir at Southern Hills Middle School and kindergarten general music at University Hill Elementary School.
According to a brief from National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, "Over a decade’s worth of research shows that the students of Board-certified teachers outperform their peers in other classrooms on achievement tests and that schools and districts with a high concentration of NBCTs see marked improvements in school culture, collaboration and teacher retention."
“National Board Certification has been the most challenging and rewarding continuing education experience since going to graduate school and earning my master's degree,” said Molly Hosek, third grade teacher at Superior Elementary School. “The National Board process challenged me to look deeper into each of my students' individual needs. Using new approaches provided me with an additional repertoire of ideas to use to enrich the learning experience and potential of my students.”
“I am so happy I took the leap and went for my National Board Certification,” Hosek added. “I feel I am a better teacher both in and out of the classroom because of it.”

More about National Board Certification in BVSD
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About the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards -
Recognized as the gold standard in teacher certification, the National Board believes higher standards for teachers means better learning for students. The founding mission of the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards is to advance the quality of teaching and learning by:
  • Maintaining high and rigorous standards for what accomplished teachers should know and be able to do;
  • Providing a national voluntary system certifying teachers who meet these standards;
  • Advocating related education reforms to integrate National Board Certification in American education and to capitalize on the expertise of National Board Certified Teachers.

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