Hana Voight, Maggie L. Walker Governor’s School Social Studies Department faculty, is a member of the 2019 class completing National Board Certification. This is the most advanced professional credential available to American teachers. There are around 125,000 national board-certified teachers across all 50 states.
Founded in 1987, the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) is a nonprofit, nonpartisan and non-governmental organization dedicated to advancing the quality of teaching and learning. A voluntary process established by NBPTS, certification is achieved through a rigorous performance-based assessment that takes between one and three years to complete. It measures what accomplished teachers should know and be able to do.
The process requires an additional 200 to 400 hours of preparation beyond the normal school day. Teachers develop a school-site portfolio including student work samples, video clips of lessons and reflective commentaries about their use of learning strategies.
Hana joins faculty members Lisa Williams, Lynn Reed, Amy Maxey, Ed Coleman and Janet Spencer in holding this certification. “Mrs. Voight is an outstanding teacher and is well-respected by students, peers, and the Maggie Walker community,” said MLWGS Director Dr. Robert Lowerre. “The NBC process is a very challenging and arduous journey of self-reflection and not an easy path to travel. Hana has demonstrated that being a life-long learner isn’t just a catchphrase. We are all very proud of her accomplishment and her students will benefit from her experience with the process.”
While only 3% of teachers nationally hold National Board Certification, 12.3% of Maggie L. Walker Governor’s School full-time faculty hold this recognition.