“Certification Renewal”10.25.16

For those who have been reading, I would like to thank you. For those who just started following or reading the blog, I would like to give you a little background on me as an educator. I am entering my 21st year as an educator, and during this time, I have tried to keep a history of my teaching, but for a number of reasons, it has not been a success. This year, I have a motivator – it will be an objective for my evaluation. This will not be anything fancy, just a collection of events and thoughts of my day. Also, this will not be proofread, so hopefully you will not judge, but rather have a better understanding of my journey as an educator and person.

Last Spring was the deadline date for me to complete my renewal of my National Board of Certified Teachers …. well, I found out I passed yesterday. It was in an email, and the anticipation wasn’t bothering me until a prior email appeared in my inbox saying my scores were available. If you are interested, or if you don’t know about NBCT …. check out this link: -> HERE.

My current certification expires at the end of next year, so with my renewal, I will be able to be compensated for 10 more years. My goal is to retire in 10 years, so the timing of this renewal worked out great. In reality, for 20 out of the 30 or 31 years I will be in the education profession, I would have received a total of $100,000 dollars. The work put into this certification consumed about one year of my life, and it was something being done before I even heard of the National Boards. To me, it makes sense to “roll the dice” and try to achieve the certification. The experience itself has given me a better understanding of my role as an educator, which has benefited many students.

So, with this news, I encourage you to try and do something that may work for you in the long run …. try to increase your knowledge just because it will not do you any harm – only good! My plan is to spend the next 10 WINTER HOLIDAYS at a beach using my yearly money from the state of VA!

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