Covington County Schools teacher achieves National Board Certification

Published 5:05 pm Tuesday, March 16, 2021

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Jennifer Withrow, an English teacher at Pleasant Home School, is one of thousands of teachers across the United States to achieve National Board certification.

The National Board for Professional Teaching Standards is excited to celebrate these teachers along with the more than 20,000 teachers currently pursuing Board certification – seen as the profession’s mark of accomplished teaching.

“The pandemic truly tested the mettle of anybody working in a school setting — including teachers and their students. Those teachers who achieved Board certification this year voluntarily chose to challenge themselves, reflect on their practice and confirm that they are teaching to the highest standards. There should be high standards for all professionals — and these professional educators have proven that they teach to those high standards during a year that was uniquely difficult. Today’s announcement is a reason to celebrate,” said Peggy Brookins, NBCT, President and CEO of The National Board.

“The National Board Process is lengthy, but comprehensive,” said Withrow. “It encouraged me to push my teaching practice even further, and I encourage all in the profession to consider the process.  It’s not a fit for everyone, but it is definitely a rewarding experience.”

The National Board is working to set the expectation that all teachers in every classroom should demonstrate accomplished teaching via National Board certification and become leaders in their schools and communities. Every child should have the opportunity to learn from an accomplished teacher.