Seven teachers from different schools in the Kirkwood School District are now National Board certified teachers after completing a long assessment process conducted by the National Board of Professional Teaching Standards.
The teachers are:
- Amy Barker, English teacher at .
- Donna Canan, English teacher at Kirkwood High School.
- Michelle Hunter, Math Specialist,
- Katie Meyers, English teacher, Kirkwood High School.
- Tracy Pettitt, English teacher, Kirkwood High School.
- Marjorie Tomlinson, Math teacher, Kirkwood High School.
- Kathleen Wessels, Instructional Specialist, .
According to the NBCT’s website, the certification is obtained after completion of a voluntary assessment program which recognizes “effective and accomplished teachers who meet high standards based on what teachers should know and be able to do.”
The certification complements the teacher’s state license and it is valid for 10 years.
“What some people may not realize is that this is a grueling process,” said Scott Stream, president of the Kirkwood Board of Education. “It says a lot about you.”
The teachers were recognize by all the members of the Kirkwood School Board during the board’s Dec. 12 meeting.
“My kids have had four of you, so you already have my certification,” said Angie Bay, vice president of the board. “But for all of you to have national certification is awesome. I’m so proud of our teachers.”
With the recognition of the seven teachers, the Kirkwood School District now has a total of 12 National Board certified teachers.