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Hardin and Keeling receive National Board certification



Kim Hardin (left) and Stephanie Keeling recently recieved National Board certification.

Marion County Public Schools returned from the winter break boasting two more National Board certified staff members.  Kim Hardin, a librarian at Marion County High School, and Stephanie Keeling, a librarian and art/drama teacher at Calvary Elementary School, received notification that they had successfully completed the advanced teaching credential.

“The National Board Certification process was the most humbling professional development experience I have undergone,” Hardin said.  “The process requires you to analyze every strategy, technique, and practice you use with students.  If data shows something isn’t working, you throw it out and try something new.”  

Described as the “gold standard” in teacher certification, National Board certification is a voluntary, yet rigorous process that involves a content knowledge test and a series of submitted portfolios that are reviewed and scored.  Hardin estimates that she spent 70-100 hours to complete each of the four components of the certification process, which involved providing student work samples, analyses, and a video submission.

“All teaching must be evaluated in terms of student success,” Hardin added.  “If 100% of your students are not showing growth, you must figure out why and find a way to reach every student.  The National Board Certification process requires you to clean house of old, outdated, ineffective practices and find new, inventive ways to reach students. ”

With the addition of Hardin and Keeling, Marion County Public Schools now includes 26 staff members with NBCT qualifications.

“This is further proof that the teachers and staff of MCPS are dedicated to growing professionally to better serve our students,” Superintendent Taylora Schlosser said.  “I am very proud of Mrs. Hardin and Mrs. Keeling, as well all of our National Board certified staff members, for the commitment to education they’ve shown by taking on this monumental task.”

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