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Muller first teacher at Arapahoe to receive national certification

Jan 23, 2014 - By Kelli Ameling, Staff Writer

A first-grade teacher with Fremont County School District 38 is the first in the school's history to receive her National Board Certification.

Tricia Muller, of Arapahoe Elementary School, was awarded the honor in 2013.

"As an educator, this process helped me to reflect on my own teaching," Muller said. "I am now constantly looking at what I am doing and what I could do to better to help my students."

Muller joins more than 106,000 teachers nationwide in obtaining the National Board Certification.

"When I found out I certified, it was a mixture of emotions," she said. "I started the process with two of my co-workers, neither of them certified their first year, which is not uncommon. So I was very excited I reached this huge accomplishment, but also felt slightly guilty that I passed and that my co-workers did not."

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

Muller said she is excited about being the first teacher in her district to receive the honor.

"I was very excited to become the first teacher to certify at Fremont County 38, which is a huge accomplishment,"Muller said.

Rayni Lambert, the executive assistant to the superintendent, said in an e-mail that District 38 is "proud of our new National Board Certified teacher, Tricia Muller."

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