Posted: Sep 17, 2013 7:22 PM by MTN News
Updated: Sep 17, 2013 7:23 PM
BOULDER - Rebecca Bruce, a teacher at Jefferson High School, was honored on Tuesday by Montana Superintendent of Public Instruction Denise Juneau for attaining national board certification.
Juneau presented Bruce with the honor during an assembly at the school.
Bruce will receive a $3,000 stipend for achieving certification.
Bruce, who teaches culinary arts and child development, says her students played a big role in the accomplishment.
"The students and I bonded. It just made my classes so much better. The learning curve just went way up," she said.
Juneau said, "I am proud to acknowledge this outstanding educator for her hard work and dedication to furthering excellence in education. National Board Certification is a significant accomplishment and an asset to the school district, the students and the community."
Earning board certification requires passing a series of performance-based assessments that includes teaching portfolios, student work samples, videotapes, and analyses of the teacher's classroom teaching and student learning.
Fourteen Montana teachers achieved National Board Certification this year.
Juneau is traveling across the state to recognize all of them. She said, "Every one of them talks about how rewarding it is, but also how difficult it's been and how they couldn't have done it without their families and their colleagues."