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Eight Metro teachers earn one of teaching's top honors

Eight more teachers in Metro Schools are now among the ranks of the most accomplished in the nation. They’ve earned National Board Certification, a difficult and exemplary achievement. National Board Certification is an advanced teaching credential given only to educators who complete a rigorous application and review process. “These accomplished teachers are at the vanguard of excellence impact in teaching today,” writes the National Board of Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) in announcing the newest recipients.

“Research shows that students taught by Board-certified teachers consistently achieve higher gains in student achievement compared to peers who are not taught by Board-certified teachers, making learning gains equivalent to an extra one to two months in school.”

“It’s wonderful having these teachers on our team,” says Jay Steele, Chief Academic Officer for Metro Schools. “They represent a national standard for effective teaching, and their schools are stronger because of them.”

Thanks to these eight new additions, Metro Schools now has 65 Nationally Board Certified Teachers, more than almost any other district in Tennessee.

NBPTS set up this process to better shape the teaching profession. They want to define standards for certifying excellent teachers, just like it’s done for professions like architecture, law and medicine. Carrying this certification, teachers can lend their voices to the national conversation on effective teaching practices and instruction.

Our eight new Nationally Board Certified Teachers are:

  • Tina Atkinson, Art teacher at Percy Priest Elementary
  • Leigh Bybee, Math teacher at Meigs Middle Magnet
  • Jennifer Coats, Reading-Language Arts teacher at Percy Priest Elementary
  • Lauryn England, 2nd grade teacher at Ross Elementary
  • Amy Leslie, ESEA Coordinator at McMurray Middle
  • Lori Likins, 1st grade teacher at Glengarry Elementary
  • Lesley Thompson, Math teacher at Meigs Middle Magnet
  • Starra Withers, Librarian at Dan Mills Elementary

These teachers will be recognized at the Board of Education meeting on tonight.

 Join in and congratulation these excellent teachers. They have really accomplished something great and difficult. That is worthy of your praise!