7 Plano ISD educators achieve national board certification

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Those honored are Imelda Carrasco, Kristy Dellinger, Casey Goodman, Sarah Manthey, Isabel Pawling, Jennifer Shelton & Rebecca Vanderbrook.

Seven Plano ISD educators recently achieved a National Board Certification through the National Board of Professional Teaching Standards, the district announced this week.

National Board Certifications are voluntary advanced professional certifications for Pre-K through 12th grade educators who demonstrate advanced knowledge, skills and practice in their individual certificate area by completing computer-based assessments in content knowledge and mastery of differentiation in instruction, teaching practice and learning environment, effective and reflective practices through portfolio-based online submissions.

These educators are required to have bachelor’s degrees from an accredited institution, three years of successful teaching, hold a valid state teaching license and provide official American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages certified ratings.

Teachers who obtain the certificates generate between $3,000-$9,000 in Teacher Incentive Allotment (TIA) funds for their district depending on the socioeconomic status of the students and the campus’ rural status. Ninety percent or more of these funds must be spent on teacher compensation on the campus that the certified teacher works in, according to the Texas Education Agency.

Plano ISD educators who recently received this designation include:

  • Imelda Carrasco, Foreman Elementary – Certification in Literacy, Early Middle Childhood
  • Kristy Dellinger, Dooley Elementary – Certification as an Early Childhood Generalist
  • Casey Goodman, Hedgcoxe and Wyatt Elementary – Certification in English as a New Language
  • Sarah Manthey, Hedgcoxe Elementary – Certification as an Early Childhood Generalist
  • Isabel Pawling, Bowman Middle School – Certification in Mathematics, Early Adolescence
  • Jennifer Shelton, Pearson Early Childhood – Certification as an Early Childhood Generalist
  • Rebecca Vanderbrook, Bethany Elementary – Certification as a Middle Childhood Generalist

“Research spanning a decade indicates that students taught by Board-certified teachers outperform their peers, with an even more pronounced positive impact on underrepresented students,” a news release from the district said. “As these educators pave the way for future cohorts, they are not only achieving personal milestones but also contributing to the continuous improvement of Plano ISD’s teaching practices. Their dedication to mentoring future National Board candidates ensures a legacy of excellence within the district.”

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