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Debbie Roy, a second grade teacher at Dry Ridge Elementary, received her National Board Certification recently.
Roy received her bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Northern Kentucky University and her master’s degree in educational leadership from Eastern Kentucky University.
She said she wanted to work towards National Certification to become more familiar with national standards and to become a better teacher.
This was a two-year process that consisted of learning the national standards in all content areas, compiling two portfolio entries and taking assessments.
“The process made me better at reflecting and evaluating each lesson to improve my teaching skills and student learning,” Roy said.
National Board Certification is a voluntary assessment program designed to recognize and reward great teachers—and make them better. While state licensing systems set basic requirements to teach in each state, National Board Certified Teachers (NBCT®s) have successfully demonstrated advanced teaching knowledge, skills and practices. Certification is achieved through a rigorous, performance-based assessment that typically takes one to three years to complete. Overall, the first-year achievement rate is about 40 percent, culminating in an achievement rate of approximately 65 percent by the end of the third year.
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.
Roy joins only nine other Grant County teachers who have achieved this status: Becky Boden, Shannon Brickler, Kelly Clemons, Sandy Franks, Lisa Mullins, Johnelle Simpson, Tammy Stephenson, and B. J. Walters and Belinda Furman.
She credits her family, colleagues and friends with helping her get through the process.
Roy lives with her husband and daughters in Dry Ridge.