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KSD Teacher Among Three Percent of Country to Earn National Board Certification

Emily Werner, math teacher at Kirkwood High School in the Kirkwood School District, earned her National Board Certification (NBC). She earned her NBC in “Mathematics/Adolescence and Young Adulthood.” Werner has taught math at KHS since 2012. She is also the co-sponsor for the Kirkwood Youth Services Club at KHS.

National Board Certification is awarded by the National Board of Professional Teaching Standards and is the highest credential in the teaching profession. A teacher‐driven, voluntary process, certification is achieved through a rigorous, performance‐based assessment that typically takes one to three years to complete and measures what accomplished teachers should know and be able to do. As part of the process, teachers build a portfolio that includes student work samples, assignments, videotapes and a thorough analysis of their classroom teaching. Additionally, teachers are assessed on their knowledge of the subjects they teach. Less than three percent of teachers across the country achieve this certification.

Other NBC teachers in KSD include: Karen Ambuehl, Ruth Baldwin, Amy Barker, Kathleen Becker, Donna Canan, Kathleen Collier-Paul, Kim Powell, Michael George, Jeff Gutjahr, Melinda Heaton, Deanna Hempen, Katherine Meyers, Tracy Sharp, Olivia Rea, Karen Schneider, Kathleen Wessels and Gina Woodard.