School Board Recognizes National Board Certified Teachers

School Board Recognizes National Board Certified Teachers

Andrea Brown and Elizabeth Pizzotti, Baker School, Ulaunda Nunn, Shoal River Middle School, Linda Dukes, Southside Primary School, and Jacqueline Whittle, Walker Elementary School were recognized at the February 25th School Board meeting for renewing their National Board certification.

In the late 1980s, the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards was formed and ultimately set up the standards for accomplished teaching, all in an effort to prepare teachers for teaching in the 21st Century and to ultimately improve student learning. The process is a challenging one which in the initial phase takes up to three years to complete. 

These teachers achieved National Board status in 2008, and have now gone through the process again to renew this certification. The renewal process is also challenging where the teacher is videotaped while teaching lessons in a variety of settings, must show the use of technology in teaching, submits student work and a large part is the reflective piece asking why did I choose this lesson. Candidates are given up to two years to complete this while continuing to teach in the classroom. 

In addition, there is a financial cost to achieving this certification which the candidate bears upfront, but as long as the teacher stays in a classroom position, thankfully, our district offers an annual supplement for these teachers. The certificate is good for 10 years and supersedes the Florida certificate. 

Okaloosa County has 33 National Board Certified Teachers (NBCT). Florida has the second highest number of NBCTs at over 13,000 of the 122,000 NBCTs in the United State.

Andrea Brown, Baker School

Brown is National Board certified in Early and Middle Childhood/Literacy-Reading Language Arts.  She is currently a Title I Math grades 3-5 and middle school intensive reading teacher at Baker where she has taught for 21 years.

Elizabeth Pizzotti, Baker School 

Pizzotti is in her 30th year teaching at Baker School as where she is a Title I Reading Remediation teacher. She is National Board certified in Early and Middle Childhood/Literacy-Reading Language Arts.

Ulaunda Nunn, Shoal River Middle School 

Nunn has taught in the District for 14 years, the last two as a school counselor at Shoal River Middle School.  Her National Board certification is in Middle Childhood Generalist.   

Linda Dukes, Southside Primary School

Dukes has taught in the district for 33 years, the last ten at Southside Primary School as an Exceptional Education Pre-Kindergarten teacher. Her National Board certification is in Exceptional Needs Specialist/Early Childhood through Young Adulthood.   

Jacqueline Whittle, Walker Elementary School 

Whittle is a fifth-grade math and science teacher where she has taught the last six years. She has taught in the district for 19 years. Her National Board certification is in Middle Childhood Generalist.