Glenmont Elementary School fourth grade teacher Dana DiGiansante recently earned her certification as a National Board Certified Teacher (NBCT) from the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards.
The National Board Certification is the most respected professional certification available in K-12 education.
To earn the certification, candidates must not only demonstrate mastery of content in their area but must also submit extensive portfolios of their work highlighting successful teaching practices, effective differentiation in instruction and provide evidence of collaboration with families and with colleagues to create a learning environment that leads to student growth.
DiGiansante said it took two years to earn the certification, with the majority of the work taking place during the 2021-22 school year and the 2022-23 school year.
“I became interested in pursuing this certification after hearing it described as the most impactful professional development you can do,” said DiGiansante. “ After going through it, I can agree!”
DiGiansante has been a teacher for 11 years; the last seven years as a fourth-grade teacher in the Bethlehem Central School District. Only six BC teachers have earned the National Board Certification since 1987.
“At Glenmont, we have amazing teachers and staff who show dedication to our students in so many ways every day,” said Principal Laura Heffernan. “Today, we all stand together to celebrate Ms. DiGiansante, who has achieved the gold standard for her contributions and commitment to growth within the teaching profession. We are all very proud of our colleague and friend.”