Friday, November 20, 2009

Achieving National Board Certification

The last two days have been the longest of my life. These are the interval between the time I was notified that National Board Certification results would be available and the hour/minute they actually posted. Funny, considering that I was not stressed out about the entire process but the two days awaiting results put me over the edge.

So at 9:05 a.m. today, November 20, 2009 -after several hours of intimacy with the F5 key, I received congratulations on achieving National Board certification. Considering that only 40% of candidates in my certification area achieve on the first try, I was not expecting to hear this news. But boy, am I grateful.

I don't know if I truly understand what the implications of National Board certification may be. I know I am employable in almost any state now. More importantly, I have validation that I can TEACH. I am so thankful I engaged in this process.

Will be voice be more respected as an NBCT? Maybe. Hopefully. Will I have more opportunities? I hope so. I filled out an application to be an assessor, and I would really like to teach library media specialists in training.

What will be my next challenge? I have no clue, but I'll keep looking!

Suzie Martin, NBCT

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