New Mexico Senate Recognizes Los Alamos Teachers

Barranca Elementary School teachers Lana Martin, left and Joline Keeler were part of a delegation of teachers who received special recognition Friday at the Roundhouse by the New Mexico State Senate for having received their National Board Certification for Teachers. Photo by Salvador Zapien/ladailypost.com

Los Alamos Superintendent of  Schools Dr. Gene Schmidt visits with Joline Keeler and Lana Martin as they wait for their turn to take to the Senate floor. Photo by Salvador Zapien/ladailypost.com

Teachers make their way down to the Senate floor. Photo by Salvador Zapien/ladailypost.com

Staff Report

Los Alamos teachers who recently received National Board Certified Teacher status joined with their National Board Certified Teacher peers from around the state at a ceremony Friday, Jan. 31 in the Roundhouse. Representatives from the New Mexico National Board Certified Teachers Network also attended the special ceremony that honors the National Board Certified Teachers – considered among the most highly qualified teachers in the profession.

National Board Certification is a rigorous process in which teachers analyze their teaching context and student needs. Teachers demonstrate their skills through videos and work samples that show student growth and achievement. In addition, teachers reflect on their pedagogical practices to demonstrate a strong command of content, design appropriate learning experiences that advance student learning, and use assessments to inform instructional decision making. Visit http://www.nbpts.org/national-board-certification for more information.

Nine Los Alamos teachers earned National Board Certification Teacher status in 2013. Previous to 2013, 12 teachers completed the certification process. Seven more teachers, who enrolled in the 2013 cohort, are nearing completion of their certification process. Fifteen teachers have enrolled in the 2014 cohort group.

The New Mexico Network of National Board Certified Teachers also recognized Los Alamos Public Schools as the recipient of their 2014 Capacity Building Award at a luncheon ceremony in Albuquerque Saturday, Feb. 1. Los Alamos was honored for its efforts to increase the number of National Board Certified Teachers in the district.

Teachers enter the Senate floor. Photo by Salvador Zapien/ladailypost.com

Los Alamos teachers Lana Martin, center left, and Joline Keeler, center right. Photo by Salvador Zapien/ladailypost.com

Majority Floor Leader Michael Sanchez calls on Sen. John Sapien to introduce the teachers. Photo by Salvador Zapien/ladailypost.com

Sen. John Sapien takes the floor to recognize 18 teachers from New Mexico who received their NBCT for 2013-14. Photo by Salvador Zapien/ladailypost.com

Sen. Carlos Cisneros offers congratulations for the hard work, time and effort it took for the teachers to earn their NCBT. Photo by Salvador Zapien/ladailypost.com

Los Alamos teacher Lana Martin stands as her name is called in recognition of receiving her National Board Certification for Teachers. Photo by Salvador Zapien/ladailypost.com

Los Alamos teacher Joline Keeler stands as her name is called in recognition of receiving her National Board Certification for Teachers. Photo by Salvador Zapien/ladailypost.com

New Mexico teachers are recognized by the state senate for having received their NBCT. Photo by Salvador Zapien/ladailypost.com

Teachers are recognized by the state senate for having received their NBCT. Photo by Salvador Zapien/ladailypost.com

The state senate recognizes teachers throughout New Mexico who earned their NBCT. Photo by Salvador Zapien/ladailypost.com

Nearly 40 New Mexico teachers received their NBCT this year. Half were recognized by the Senate and the other half were recognized in the House of Representatives. Photo by Salvador Zapien/ladailypost.com

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