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Two Greene County Educators Earn National Board Certification

Stanardsville, VA, December 18, 2019

Two Greene County Public School teachers earned their National Board Certification this year. Julie Haddix, a Language Arts Teacher at Nathanael Greene Elementary School and Rachel Freid, a Mathematics Teacher at William Monroe Middle School, completed the rigorous process several months ago and were just recently notified of their Certification.

 

National Board Certification is a nation-wide, standardized process that requires teachers to demonstrate their knowledge and skills by completing three portfolios and a more traditional assessment. The portfolios require the teachers to submit extensive reflective writing as well as video evidence of their teaching and student work. The Certification is available in 25 different areas representing 16 disciplines and 4 developmental levels. Ms. Haddix earned her certification in Reading and Language Arts in Early and Middle Childhood, and Ms. Freid earned her certification in Mathematics for Early Adolescents.

 

According to Ms. Haddix, “the requirements for certification really made me focus on my teaching process and decisions. It was very reflective and I think it has made me a better teacher.” Ms. Freid said, “Technology and other advancements have changed society, jobs, careers, interests and the classroom over the past decades. A teacher must always look for new opportunities to bring to the students and new ways to approach material. Completing the process was challenging and I have learned quite a bit about myself as an educator in the process.”

 

Bryan Huber, Assistant Superintendent for Greene County Public Schools, said, “We are so proud of Ms. Haddix and Ms. Freid for their extremely hard work and impressive accomplishment. Research shows that students in the classrooms of Nationally Board Certified Teachers perform better, so our students will benefit from this as well.”