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Fort Washakie teacher receives National Board Certification

Jan 16, 2014 - By Kelli Ameling, Staff Writer

A first grade teacher at Fort Washakie Elementary School has achieved her National Board Certification. Superintendent Terry Ebert said Kristi Jones is the first instructor in Fremont County School District 21 to earn the honor.

The district's board of trustees recognized Jones's accomplishment during a meeting Dec. 18.

"Kristi Jones has now joined the elite list of NBC teachers in Wyoming, and as FCSD 21 superintendent, I am proud of her accomplishment," Ebert said.

During the meeting, Ebert commented on the "hard work and dedication" required to earn the certification.

According to a press release from the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, the certification procedure is a "rigorous, performance-based, peer-review process."

"Every day, teachers go into classrooms with the knowledge, skills and commitment to do work that is arguably the most complex and unpredictable that anyone does anywhere," said Ronald Thorpe, president and CEO of the National Board, in the press release. "In achieving National Board Certification, Kristi Jones has not only demonstrated the ability to advance student learning in deep and meaningful ways, she has met the profession's definition of what it means to be accomplished. That is significant because only those within a profession -- the practitioners -- can legitimately define the key terms of the profession."

Jones joins more than 106 teachers nationwide in obtaining board certification.

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