Chataignier Elementary teachers receive National Board certification

Angelle Fuselier, a first grade teacher at Chataignier Elementary, and Melissa Coreil, reading interventionist at Chataignier Elementary, recently became National Board certified teachers.

Both went through the process during the 2007-2008 school year and received an early childhood generalist certification. With the addition of these two teachers, Evangeline Parish now has seven National Board certified teachers.

National Board certified teachers are highly accomplished educators who meet high and rigorous standards. Like board-certified doctors and accountants, teachers who achieve National Board certification have met rigorous standards through intensive study, expert evaluation, self-assessment and peer review. National Board certification was recently recognized as having a positive impact on student achievement, teacher retention, professional development and parental involvement (www.nbpts.org). Educators in pursuit of certification are given up to three years to meet scoring criteria, and Fuselier and Coreil completed the process in one year.

The two educators began their quest in the summer of 2007 by receiving a $2,000 state subsidy to use towards funding the certification process, as well as $565 from the Evangeline Parish School Board to complete the registration process. They both completed a four-part entry portfolio in March of 2008 and took a six-part exam in June. With the release of scores November 21, the two teachers were very excited to find out they were National Board certified teachers.

With this extraordinary accomplishment, Fuselier and Coreil are certified to teach nationwide and will receive a pay raise. They have also reached highly qualified status as part of No Child Left Behind.

Fuselier has been a first grade teacher at Chataignier Elementary for 10 years. Coreil was a kindergarten teacher at Chataignier Elementary for nine years and is currently the K-4 Reading Interventionist at Chataignier Elementary.

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