Thursday, December 16, 2010

Putnam Teacher Earns National Board Certification

The state Department of Education says a Putnam County teacher is among 70 in Tennessee this year to have earned National Board Certification. Officials say that, to date, 483 Tennessee teachers have undergone a stringent, voluntary process to meet National Board Certification requirements. Allison Dudney earned the certification for Early Childhood Education. She is now one of eight nationally certified teachers in the Putnam County school system.  Candidates undergo a 10-part evaluation process, which can take between one and three years to complete. Evaluations are specific to each teacher’s discipline and include performance assessments of teaching strategies and written exercises to assess subject knowledge. To be eligible, a teacher must be a college graduate with a professional teaching license and have at least three years experience in the classroom.