Local teacher earns national certification | VailDaily.com

Local teacher earns national certification

Daily Staff Report
Vail, CO Colorado

EDWARDS ” Erika Donahue, a kindergarten teacher at Edwards Elementary, has become a National Board Certified teacher.

Becoming a National Board Certified teacher is time consuming and tough, Donahue said. It’s also one of the most respected honors in teaching in the country. There is only one other National Board Certified teacher in the school district.

It requires teachers do several large projects showing how they work in a classroom, and how their teaching contributes to student achievement. Two of the projects require the teacher send in video samples of their teaching.

In another project, teachers must demonstrate how they help outside the classroom, perhaps through parent outreach or after-school programs. There are six short answer tests that question the teacher’s knowledge in their subjects and grade levels.

Donahue said the professional development given to teachers in Eagle County and the evaluations the district used helped her do well in the certification process. Donahue said becoming a National Board Certified teacher helped her analyze and refine her teaching to better help students.

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