After a two-year application process that she describes as a “a long and rewarding journey,” California High School teacher Virginia Glasscock received her National Board Certification in November, successfully passing all the requirements necessary to obtain her Adolescent and Young Adult Science (AYA Science) Certificate.
“We congratulate Virginia on this significant achievement,” said Whittier Union High School District Superintendent Sandra Thorstenson. “She joins a distinguished circle of 18 District teachers who have now received their National Board Certification.”
The application process involved intensive study, expert evaluation, self-assessment, and peer review. Glasscock prepared several in-depth papers that examined her classroom practices and teaching accomplishments, and even created a video that shows her teaching in class. She also was required to pass six exams on science.
“This was my best professional development to date,” says Glasscock, who has taught science at California High School for 14 years. “Through the process I assessed what I do in the classroom and why. It really took me to the next level in my teaching.”
Only 5,293 teachers in California are National Board Certified Teachers (NBCTs) through the National Board of Professional Teaching Standards, bringing the total number nationwide to 97,291. These accomplished teachers comprise approximately 3 percent of the national teaching force -- more than half teach in high-need schools and 15 percent are certified in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math or STEM-related areas.