I’m guessing that most of the 137 Collier County teachers who have been through the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards certification process will tell you that it’s grueling! But at the same time, they’ll also tell you that achieving this prestigious certification has its rewards — for the teacher, as well as for his or her students.
We are proud to announce that Jenny Godley, science teacher at Naples High School, and Dr. Janette Bosetin, Exceptional Student Education (ESE) teacher at Immokalee High School, have just become National Board Certified teachers. We’ve asked these two outstanding teachers to explain why they chose the certification route, and to tell you what this means to them and their students. Here are Dr. Bosetin’s responses to our questions in her own words:
• Why did you pursue National Board certification in the first place?
“I pursued National Board certification being open and willing to continually improve my instructional strategies, methodologies and supports to enhance student learning. It was important to me to be evaluated by other professionals who have the necessary talents and skills to analyze my instructional methods, ensuring I was meeting the highest performance. Furthermore, these approaches engaged positive and effective communication within the classroom, both with parents and within the school community.”
• What does it mean to you to achieve this prestigious certification?
“I am honored and humbled to achieve this prestigious certification. This achievement aligns with my philosophy in education that hard work, high scores, and high achievement are the keys to success. With an open mind and solid foundation, I can reach out, giving back to others by supporting and assisting them in achieving their life endeavors. These achievements uphold accountability and responsibility within our profession, as it provides opportunity that allows people/students to attain their dreams and goals.”
Next week, we’ll find out what certification means for this teacher’s students, and we’ll hear from Godley as well.