Calhoun teacher Sharon Pitts has earned National Board Certification, given by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards to teachers who demonstrate mastery of national ideas about what teachers should know and be able to do.

The NBPTS believes in five core propositions:

* Accomplished teachers are committed to students and learning.

* Accomplished teachers know the subjects they teach and how to teach them.

* Accomplished teachers are responsible for managing and monitoring student learning.

* Accomplished teachers think systematically about their practice and learn from experience.

* Accomplished teachers are members of learning communities.

Pitts created a number of portfolio entries and took six tests to prove her knowledge base of science.

The certification took about 500 hours of work.

All entries are scored by specially-trained teachers and a minimum score is required to be certified. Nationally, about 40% of the teachers who attempt National Board certification are certified on their first attempt.

Pitts expressed thanks to the students and teachers who helped her as she worked on the certification.

Courtesy of   Calhoun High School