Batavia teacher achieves national board certification

Melissa Copestick
Teacher effectiveness has become one of the most critical issues facing America’s schools today. Teaching excellence in the Batavia Local School District has taken a step forward following the announcement by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) that Melissa Copestick, a language arts teacher at Batavia Middle School has achieved National Board Certification in 2010.

A voluntary assessment program designed to develop, recognize and retain accomplished teachers, National Board Certification is achieved through a performance-based assessment that typically takes one to three years to complete.

While state licensing systems set basic requirements to teach in each state, National Board Certified Teachers (NBCTs) have successfully demonstrated advanced teaching knowledge, skills and practices.

“For more than a decade, National Board Certified Teachers have been transforming our nation’s schools by demonstrating effective teaching practice,” said Joseph A. Aguerrebere, NBPTS president and chief executive officer. “I am proud that

Melissa Copestick is among a select group of excellent teachers nationwide who have achieved National Board Certification. These outstanding educators are making a positive difference in the lives of students.”

“Like board-certified medical doctors, National Board Certified Teachers have met high standards through intensive study, expert evaluation, self-assessment and peer review,” added Aguerrebere.