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Teachers Achieve National Board Certification

Photo of Savannah Ahern and Rosemary Sloggatt

The Great Neck Public Schools is pleased to announce that two teachers have achieved National Board Certification. Congratulations to Savannah (Puca) Ahern, special education teacher at North Middle School, and Rosemary Sloggatt, art teacher at Saddle Rock School.

Ms. Ahern and Ms. Sloggatt are among 98 accomplished teachers from New York State who achieved National Board Certification this year. There are approximately 122,000 National Board Certified Teachers (NBCTs) nationwide who are recognized for advancing student learning through excellence and leadership.

National Board Certification is awarded by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards. NBCTs have earned recognition as outstanding educators through a rigorous, performance-based, peer-review process, demonstrating their proven impact on student learning and achievement.

Candidates for this certification must exhibit a deep understanding of their students, content knowledge, teaching practice, and use of data and assessments. The certification process—which takes several years to complete—requires portfolio entries, computer-based assessments, and standards-based evidence of successful teaching strategies.

The Teacher Center in the Great Neck Public Schools offers support for educators working toward their National Board Certification. This program includes teachers representing a wide range of grade levels and subject areas, and National Board-certified mentors who offer guidance throughout the process. Educators work collaboratively to share successful strategies, strengthen educational programs, and work toward the personal and professional accomplishment of achieving National Board Certification.