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Willsboro teacher earns certification

— Marie Blatchley, a French teacher at Willsboro Central School has earned the highest credential available to American educators by recently becoming a National Board Certified Teacher through the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS).

National Board Certification is recognized as the, "gold standard" for teaching excellence.

"National board certification is synonymous with great teaching," said Ronald Thorpe, president and CEO of the NBPTS.

The National Board Certification is achieved through a very rigorous, performance based assessment of pedagogical skills and content knowledge.

Certification traditionally takes one to three years and Blatchley was able to achieve this distinction in her first year.

"We are very proud of her accomplishment and in her receiving this prestigious award,” Superintendent Stephen Broadwell said. “It culminates a great deal of work and dedication by Mrs. Blatchley both in and out of the classroom."

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