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Two McCracken County Public Schools teachers achieve National Board certification




April Griggs                                                           Jennifer Shidal


National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) is proud to welcome 3,831 new National Board Certified Teachers (NBCTs), who are helping students reach their highest potential in 2,914 schools in 46 states. Together with 4,786 Board-certified teachers who successfully renewed their certification this year, these new NBCTs join a growing community of more than 125,000 Board-certified teachers across all 50 states. 

McCracken County Public Schools teachers, April Griggs and Jennifer Shidal are now National Board Certified Teachers.

Griggs is a 3rd grade teacher at Reidland Elementary School. She is in her thirteenth year of teaching and received her certification in Generalist/Early Childhood.

Shidal teaches English at McCracken County High School. She is in her fifteenth year of teaching and received her certification in English Language Arts/Adolescence and Young Adulthood.

“These new National Board Certified Teachers will continue to change the way their students learn, and their proven ability to be the best teachers they can be will have a ripple effect on their schools and their communities for years to come,” said Peggy Brookins, NBCT, president and CEO of the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards. “I’m especially proud to see that large numbers of new NBCTs are teaching in schools where they are needed most. And, with more Board-certified teachers of color, more students of color will see themselves reflected in those high-achieving professionals.”

“This is a major accomplishment and I am thankful to have such dedicated professionals in our school district who desire to further their tool kits and expertise,” said Steve Carter, Superintendent of McCracken County Public Schools.

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.

In addition to the new NBCTs, 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.