As Teacher Terrific Tuesday approaches next week, make sure to thank a teacher for the difference they make!
These are just a few examples of the highly-qualified teaching professionals at Episcopal. Episcopal teachers are parents, alumni and volunteers. They hold advanced degrees and certifications. They have traveled the world and published works for the world to see. They are experts and they care about their students.
Across the country, 118,000 teachers have earned National Board Certification. The National Board for Professional Teaching Standards says that “through National Board Certification, teachers demonstrate that their teaching meets the profession’s standards for accomplished practice through a rigorous, peer-reviewed and performance-based process, similar to professional certification in fields such as medicine.” Arceneaux says certification is important to her because it reflects her commitment to being the best teacher she can be. “I care about what I do. I work hard to be a better teacher so my students can benefit,” she says.
Becoming board certified or even renewing certification is an impressive feat. Arceneaux says teachers must submit written information about their classroom experiences and videotaped samples of their classroom sessions. For her recent renewal, Arceneaux had to reflect upon her last ten years of teaching and what has changed during that time. “It was a very rewarding experience,” she says. “It gave me the opportunity to look at how I’ve changed as an educator.”
Callaway also appreciated the opportunity to reflect on her work. “By nature, teachers are lifelong learners. I am always seeking ways to fulfill this need,” she says. “Ten years later, working toward my renewal of my certification provided a chance for reflection on my growth as a teacher as well as an opportunity to plan for the future.” For Guarisco, National Board Certification was a valuable opportunity to not only reflect on her craft, but also to connect with others in the teaching profession. “I was among the first few nationally certified teachers in Louisiana years ago, the closest I’ve ever felt to being a pioneer. At that time, teaching could be a lonely profession. There just weren’t the vehicles – Twitter and EdCamp come to mind – to connect with teachers outside your own building,” she says.
Patty and Carl Newton established the Newton Distinguished Faculty Award because of their belief in the difference Episcopal faculty make in the lives of students. Each year the Newton Distinguished Faculty Scholarships are awarded to three outstanding educators to support the professional development opportunity of their choice. In addition, The eFund also supports professional development for teachers. Over the years, teachers have been able to participate in everything from The Teacher’s College of Columbia University Writing Workshop to the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation Teacher Institute. Read more about available professional development opportunities in Head of School Hugh McIntosh’s Academic Point here.
Episcopal’s teachers are highly-qualified, skilled professionals with approximately 65% of them holding an advanced degree. In addition, many of them have spent time working as a professional in their field of expertise, while others have taught in higher education. While their credentials are certainly impressive, it is what these individuals do every day that sets them apart. “The teachers in this community deserve the world, for they are not only instructors but also mentors and even friends. There is no other administration in the state that I trust would invest as much time into my journey as the administration at Episcopal.” Shannon Ahmad ’18
According to the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS), one of the benefits of an independent school education is the small classes that allow for individual attention. At Episcopal, small class sizes led by highly-qualified teachers afford students a more personalized educational experience because of the relationships that are forged between students and teachers. These relationships are likely what students will remember long after their time on Woodland Ridge is over.
and staff. The Episcopal community is being asked to think back and give back on behalf of all the faculty members who work tirelessly to make a difference in students’ lives. Look for more on the 1965 Minute Challenge next week and don’t miss your opportunity to support your Episcopal educators.
Do you have a favorite Episcopal teacher? Leave us a note about how that special faculty member positively impacted you.