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Three Instructors at MNTC Earn National Board Certification This Year; Joining More than 130,000 Nationwide

The National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) is proud to announce that three instructors, Cyber Defense instructor Barron Winters, Certified English instructor Cheryl Pantalone and Biomedical Science instructor Nimisha Sweetman, at Moore Norman Technology Center (MNTC) as new National Board Certified Teachers, part of a growing community of more than 130,000 Board-certified teachers across all 50 states. The instructors show a deep commitment to student learning and the teaching profession. 

“What a time to be a teacher! Even with the pandemic and other challenges, all Americans should pause to celebrate the 2,073 new National Board Certified Teachers. They put their teaching to the test, voluntarily challenging themselves, reflecting on their practice and confirming that they are teaching to the highest standards,” said Peggy Brookins, NBCT, president and CEO of the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards.

“I also want to add that as we work to seek equity and assure that the NBCT population looks like the general teaching and student population, we saw an increase of nearly 10% in the number of teachers of color earning Board certification. With their impact on students, this growth is exciting,” Brookins added.

In order to become a Board-certified teacher, teachers complete a performance-based, peer-reviewed process, demonstrating their proven impact on student learning and achievement.

Across America, more than 24,000 teachers are currently pursuing Board certification. An increasing number of states and districts support growing the number of Board-certified teachers because of the impact they see on teachers and students.

Meaningful Metrics

●      11 Oklahoma school districts had new NBCTs

●      Moore Norman Technology Center had 3 new NBCTs totaling 11.

●      North Carolina (399), Washington (184), Illinois (153), Alabama (135) and California (129) topped the state rankings for the year, with Oklahoma(14) ranked 25th.

●      Since inception, North Carolina ranks first overall (23,418), followed by Florida (13,576), Washington (11,777), South Carolina (9,334) and California (7,622).

●      Oklahoma (3,122) rank 14th with overall NBCTs

●      Oklahoma (42) ranks 26th with new Renewed NBCT

●      Oklahoma State University (OSU) ranks 35th with the number of NBCT graduates

●      Oklahoma’s National Board process is funded by the legislature and facilitated by the Office of Educational Quality and Accountability

●      Additional data is available here and on each individual state page.

“We work to drive teacher quality to help assure that every single young person in America has equal access to the best possible teachers. I applaud all educators because they routinely strive to deliver excellent results on behalf of their students. I am proud of all educators and especially celebrate NBCTs and those engaged in the Board certification process. I encourage all Americans to celebrate teachers today and every day,” said Brookins.

Dr. Barron Winters

Barron Winters
Cyber Defense Instructor

Cheryl Pantalone

Cheryl Pantalone
Certified English Instructor

Mia Sweetman

Nimisha (Mia) Sweetman
Biomedical Science Instructor 

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