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Teacher achieves top national certification
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Traci Miller, second-grade teacher at Riley Elementary School, completed a three-year process to achieve National Board Certification. - photo by photo courtesy of Great Bend USD 428

The National Board for Professional Teaching Standards celebrates 3,907 new National Board Certified Teachers (NBCTs) and another 4,446 board-certified teachers who successfully renewed their certification in 2018. Traci Miller, second-grade teacher at Riley Elementary School, was the only candidate from Great Bend USD 428 complete the three-year process and achieve NBCT.

“The NTSB process has made me a more reflective practitioner,” said Miller. While Miller has been a successful teacher for more than 20 years, she explained how the road to certification provided a fresh look at her classroom.

“It’s a connected approach,” she said, “seeing students as individuals, acknowledging their preferences in learning and applying evaluation tools to monitor my teaching methods for positive outcomes.” 

“Going through the National Board Certification is one of the most difficult things a teacher can do,” said Khris Thexton, USD 428 superintendent. “NBCT shows the dedication Mrs. Miller has to her profession, assuring our students, parents and community she has met the highest standards of the teaching profession. Mrs. Miller is an outstanding educator and we are extremely proud to have her as a part of the USD 428 family!”

Miller joins over 450 teachers across Kansas, and over 122,000 across all 50 states, who have earned the profession’s highest mark of achievement through a rigorous, performance-based, peer-review process, demonstrating their proven impact on student learning and achievement.

“I’m thrilled to celebrate our new National Board Certified Teachers,” said Peggy Brookins, NBCT, president and CEO of the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards. “This is a great personal accomplishment, but it’s more than that; this accomplishment is reason to celebrate the impact board-certified teachers have on millions of students nationwide and on the teaching profession at-large. School principals and systems leaders from across the country regularly tell me that NBCTs are making a difference in their students’ learning, strengthening their schools and their communities.”

During the week of December 10, Educators across the country will celebrate all board-certified teachers with #TeamNBCT week. The activities include in-person and online recognition of this important accomplishment. 

“National Board Certification is about helping teachers become great, it is about elevating the teaching profession, and it is about helping children achieve at higher rates,” said Brookins. “The certification process impacts teaching and learning well beyond an individual teacher’s classroom.”  

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A proud second-grade class at Riley Elementary School poses with their teacher, Traci Miller, who recently earned the highest mark of achievement in the field of education: National Board Certified Teacher. - photo by photo courtesy of Great Bend USD 428