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Parkway Teacher Achieves National Board Certification

Parkway Central Middle School science teacher Brandon Jamieson recently received National Board Certification from the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS). She becomes the third Parkway teacher to achieve the certification. National Board Certification measures a teacher's practice against the high and rigorous NBPTS standards. The process is an extensive series of performance-based assessments that includes teaching portfolios, student work samples, videotapes and thorough analyses of the candidate's classroom teaching and student learning. Teachers also complete a series of written exercises that probe the depth of their subject-matter knowledge, as well as their understanding of how to teach those subjects to their students. "The process of National Boards is so intense and reflective that you can't help but come through it a changed professional," said Jamieson, who achieved certification in early adolescent science. "It is the single most challenging, life changing professional development that I have ever accomplished." The two other Parkway teachers who have achieved the certification are Sherri Sampson, fifth grade teacher at McKelvey Elementary, and Mary Jo Kohunsky, science teacher at Parkway Central High School. Kohunsky, who served as Jamieson's facilitator, was also impacted by the process. "As we write about our work and teaching, we learn so much more about our students and become better teachers just by going through the process," she said. Less than 200 teachers in the state of Missouri have NBPTS certification according to the organization's web site.