National Board Certified Educators
LIVINGSTON, La. – The Livingston
Parish School Board recognized at Thursday’s meeting
nine teachers and 11 counselors who recently earned
National Board Certification in their fields of
educational instruction and counseling.
The National Board for Professional Teaching
Standards requires that teachers and counselors
standards through intensive study, expert
evaluation, self-assessment and peer review to
qualify for the NBCT designation. The process
typically takes up to three years for the educators
to assemble portfolio entries, including video
recordings of their classroom teaching and student
interaction, written analysis of student learning
using student work samples, and reflection and
evaluation of their teaching and counseling
The following Livingston Parish teachers
earned national board certification in classroom
instruction in December 2009:
Tracy Andry, First
Grade Teacher, Albany Lower Elementary
Pre-K Teacher, South Walker Elementary
Robin Coxe, Special
Education Teacher, Holden
Hope Dupuy, Fifth
Grade Teacher, Eastside Elementary
Kindergarten Teacher, Northside Elementary
Amanda Lavigne, Third
Grade Teacher, Gray’s Creek Elementary
Advanced Math Teacher, Live Oak High School
Pre-K Teacher, Albany Lower Elementary
Jeffrey Seighman, Art
and Music Teacher, Walker
The following Livingston Parish
school guidance counselors earned national board
certification in educational counseling in December
Guidance Counselor, Albany
Vera Harris, Guidance
Counselor, Westside Junior High School
Emily Iem, Guidance
Counselor, Frost School
Guidance Counselor, Live Oak
Guidance Counselor, Springfield Middle School
Karen Nolan, Guidance
Counselor, South Walker Elementary
Pamela Owen, Guidance
Counselor, Live Oak
Career/Vocational Technology Education Coordinator
Guidance Counselor, Northside Elementary
Tina Wood, Guidance
Counselor, South Live Oak Elementary
Guidance Counselor, Lewis Vincent Elementary
“These teachers and counselors
are now part of an elite group of educators.
We are very proud of the way they have
dedicated themselves to bettering their skills and
learning best teaching practices through this highly
rigorous undertaking. Their pursuit of personal
excellence will no doubt greatly benefit our
students for years to come,” Superintendent Bill
Livingston Parish currently has
a total of 65 national board certified teachers and
41 national board certified counselors, according to
Curriculum Director Jan Benton.
According to the Louisiana
Department of Education, there are a total of 1,532
NBCTs in Louisiana, which ranks
the state 15th in the nation for the
total number of NBCTs in its teaching population.
The National Research Council
reports that national board certification has a
positive impact on student achievement, teacher
retention and professional development.
Independent studies have also demonstrated
that students of NBCTs perform better on
standardized tests than students of non-NBCTs, and
those same students show learning gains equivalent
to an extra month of school.
complete the national board certification process
earn a $5,000 salary supplement from the state for
the life of the certificate.
The Livingston Parish School Board recognized nine teachers who
recently earned National Board Certification in
their educational fields.
They were, pictured from left to right, Robin
Coxe, Amanda Lavigne, Gretchen Parrill, Jeffrey
Seighman, Tracy Andry, Elizabeth Jordan, and Hope
Not pictured are Avery Churchman and Selena Oswalt.
The Livingston Parish School Board recognized 11 school guidance
counselors who recently earned National Board
Certification in school counseling.
They were, pictured from left to right, Karen
Nolan, Pamela Owen, Tina Wood, Valerie Smith,
Kimberly McKee and Vera Harris.
Not pictured are Kelli Bertrand, Emily Iem,
Keri Kistrup, Staci Polozola and Kristy Poynor.