BHS teacher achieves national board certification

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Carrie Harper, a high school choir and guitar teacher at Belen High School, has achieved national board certification through a rigorous, performance-based, peer-review process.

Carrie Harper: National board certified teacher

Like board certification in professions such as medicine and architecture, national board certification is the highest mark of accomplishment in teaching.

“Every day, teachers go into classrooms with the knowledge, skills and commitment to do work that is arguably the most complex and unpredictable that anyone does anywhere,” said Ronald Thorpe, president and CEO of the National Board. “In achieving national board certification, Carrie Harper has not only demonstrated the ability to advance student learning in deep and meaningful ways, she has met the profession’s definition of what it means to be accomplished.

“That is significant because only those within a profession — the practitioners — can legitimately define the key terms of the profession.”

“As our nation’s most accomplished educators, national board certified teachers are well positioned to move our students, workforce and country forward,” said U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan.

To date, more than 106,000 teachers across the country have achieved board certification. The national board is working with partners to make achievement of board certification the expectation and the norm for all teachers.