Melissa Smith Christy Taulbee
Melissa Smith, 5th grade teacher at LBJ Elementary, and Christy Taulbee, 5th grade teacher at Marie-Roberts Caney, each received recognition from the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards during a ceremony held in Frankfort. Ms. Smith and Ms. Taulbee are among 191 educators who earned this distinction in 2018.
Ms. Smith had this to say about her experience: "I would just like to say that I feel like the whole process of becoming a National Board Certification has helped to greatly improve my teaching practice in ways that I feel like will greatly benefit my current students and those that I will teach in the future. I feel like I am a more effective teacher because of this process, and I have more confidence in myself as a teacher. This was a very difficult and time consuming process, but it is well worth it in the end."
When asked about her experience with National Board Certification, Ms. Taulbee commentated, "The National Board certification process was the most demanding 3 years of my life. It made me a stronger person and a more effective teacher. I consider it a privilege to be among such an elite group of teachers."
Jason Fugate, principal at MRC, had this to say about Ms. Taulbee: "I am very proud of Christy's accomplishment. I know it took a lot of time and effort to complete the certification. Several times she was ready to give it up because everything got so hectic between the work for certification and her teaching duties, but she showed a lot of perseverance in sticking it out."
Congratulations to both of these outstanding educators!