Carson teacher recognized with National Board Certification
Carson City School District teachers Linda Belnap, left, Lacey Carey and Nicole Medeiros were recognized at Tuesday’s Board of Trustees meeting for earning or maintaining their National Board Certifications.
Linda Belnap, English as a Second Language teacher at Eagle Valley Middle School, was recognized at the Carson City school board meeting Tuesday for earning her National Board Certification. Also recognized were Lacey Carey, literacy specialist ELA at Fritsch Elementary School, and Nicole Medeiros, second grade teacher at Bordewich Bray Elementary, for maintaining their certifications. National Board Certified Teacher from the National Board of Professional Teaching Standards is widely considered to be the highest professional recognition for educators and includes a 5% state pay increase in acknowledgement of accomplished teaching. Belnap joins 19 other board certified teachers in the district: Patricia Ababio, graphic arts teacher in the Career and Technical Education (CTE) program at Carson High School; Katheryn Brown, special education teacher at Bordewich Bray; Christina Bourne, music teacher at Mark Twain Elementary School; Lacey Carey, literacy specialist ELA at Fritsch; Jenny Chandler, social studies teacher and department chair at Carson High School; Rachel Croft, fourth grade teacher at Bordewich Bray; Debra Crozier, first grade teacher at Mark Twain; Jessica Daniels, principal of Carson Montessori School; Leah Hampton, math teacher at Carson High; Jeff Hendricks, special education teacher with Student Support Services; Rhonda Holloway, English teacher at Carson Middle School; Alyssa Jensen, kindergarten teacher at Mark Twain; Amy Jensen, fourth grade GATE teacher at Bordewich Bray; Nicolas Jacques, music and band teacher at Carson High; Joanna Kaiser, GATE implementation specialist; Molly Martin, first grade teacher at Mark Twain; Nicole Medeiros, second grade teacher at Bordewich Bray; Jennifer Palmer, special education teacher at Eagle Valley; and Pamela Shank, fourth/fifth grade teacher at Fremont Elementary School. Certification is a one- to five-year process that includes taking a series of content area assessments and assembling three pedagogy-related portfolios. According to the NBPTS, each of these educators earned the profession’s highest mark of achievement through a rigorous, performance-based, peer-review process, demonstrating their proven impact on student learning and achievement. Completing the certification shows that each teacher knows and practices “the definitive standards of accomplished teaching.” The Carson City teachers are among 1,188 National Board Certified educators in Nevada and nationwide, there are 128,500. The National Center for Education Statistics projected that more than 3.6 million teachers are employed in public and private elementary and secondary schools.