Congratulations to Shaker High School Spanish Teacher Kelly Mattice who recently became a National Board Certified Teacher! Mattice is one of four language teachers in New York State to earn this professional distinction in 2018.
“Fulfilling all of the requirements for National Board Certification is a very rigorous process and Kelly’s hard work and dedication to her profession are commendable,” said K-12 Supervisor for Bilingual Education and World Languages Brenna Muldoon. “She brings a new level of expertise to the classroom and our school. Our students are fortunate to have teachers who continually learn and grow.”
Mattice is in her seventh year at Shaker High School and is thrilled to receive this certificate.
“It was a challenging but great process that made me reflect, evaluate and improve my teaching methods,” said Mattice. “It’s a transformative process.”
To become a national board certified teacher, individuals must submit four components within a three-year period. Three components involve written submissions and the fourth component is a test based on the individual’s knowledge of their teaching content and their teaching method. The certification has to be renewed every five years.
Mattice worked with a group of national board certified teachers and attended workshops provided by the National Board Council of New York State to assist with her application. Mattice successfully earned this distinction in just one year.
Now that she’s earned her certification, Mattice hopes to become an adjunct professor in addition to teaching at Shaker. She’d like to teach courses for education majors, grooming the next generation of teachers.
“I want to be constantly improving and revamping my teaching and this allows me to do that,” said Mattice. “This was the most challenging and rewarding thing I’ve done in my professional career.”