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FOUR NHS TEACHERS ACHIEVE NATIONAL BOARD CERTIFICATION

 

The National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS®) announced that four New Hope-Solebury teachers have achieved National Board Certification in 2009. 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, NBCTs have successfully demonstrated advanced teaching knowledge, skills and practices.

 

The four NHS teachers who achieved National Board Certification this year are:

Jon Gonsiewski: This is Jon’s 12th year teaching social studies at New Hope-Solebury High School.  He received his bachelor’s degree in Comprehensive Social Studies and his masters in Curriculum and Instruction both from Bloomsburg University. Jon currently teaches Advanced Placement US History and political science at the high school.

David Kolinchak: David has been teaching math for twelve years; eight of them at New Hope-Solebury.  He received his bachelors of Business Administration -Accounting and his masters in Secondary Education both at Temple University. David currently teaches 8th grade math at New Hope-Solebury Middle School.

Brian Loving: Brian has been teaching math for sixteen years; ten of them at New Hope-Solebury High School.  He completed his undergraduate studies at Penn State University and received his master’s degree in Education Administration at Gwynedd Mercy College. Brian currently teaches statistics at the high school.

Brian Rutledge: Brian has been teaching math at New Hope-Solebury for fourteen years.  He received his bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and his master’s degree in Secondary Education both from Temple University. Brian currently teaches algebra and Honors Geometry at the high school.

 

Among the 82,000 teachers throughout the country who have achieved this high honor, there are only sixty-seven National Board Certified math teachers in all of Pennsylvania, four of whom are employed in Bucks County. All four of these math teachers work in the New Hope-Solebury School District. In addition to the three above-mentioned math teachers, Tom McLaughlin earned his National Board Certification last year. Jon Gonsiewski is among only thirty-two National Board Certified Social Studies teachers in Pennsylvania. 

 

Last year, the highly respected National Research Council of the National Academies found students taught by National Board Certified Teachers make higher gains on achievement tests than students taught by teachers who have not applied or did not achieve certification. The study affirmed the “evidence is clear that National Board Certification distinguishes more effective teachers from less effective teachers with respect to student achievement.” The congressionally mandated report also found that National Board Certification has a positive impact on teacher retention and professional development.

 

National Board Certification is recognized as a model of pay-for-performance and is supported by teachers and administrators nationwide. All 50 states, the District of Columbia and hundreds of local school districts recognize National Board Certification as a mark of distinction.  Many states and local school districts provide salary incentives and cover the cost for teachers who pursue and achieve this advanced teaching credential.



 

 


  
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Gettysburg Leadership Conference
Staff attending the Pennsylvania State Education Association Leadership Conference in Gettysburg are from left to right, Mike Finley, Beth Simon, Karen Voorhees and Chris Cortelessa. The Conference is open to all members of the PSEA. Classes examine various leadership issues that impact education. “We had a great time meeting and making connections with teachers, counselors, and even school nurses from other school districts,” said Beth Simon, “and we learned a lot that we are excited to bring back and share with others.”

  
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