Kingsport City Schools Fuller Earns National Board Certification

Published on January 18, 2018

KINGSPORT, Tenn. - Kingsport City Schools Dobyns-Bennett High School math teacher Theresa Fuller has been designated as a National Board Certified Teacher. Fuller is one of 20 Tennessee educators who are part of a group of 5,470 new National Board Certified Teachers (NBCT) from around the nation.

“We know that teachers are the biggest factor in the success of our students, and it is an honor to celebrate educators who are helping their students grow, while serving as an example of what it means to be a lifelong learner,” said Candice McQueen, Tennessee Education Commissioner. “National Board Certified Teachers are highly accomplished educators with a proven track-record of success, and we are proud to have 20 more NBCT educators in Tennessee meet these high and rigorous standards.”

"Going through the National Board process makes you continually think and reflect about what you’re teaching, why you’re teaching it, and how you’re going to teach it," said Fuller.  "Your goal in everything you do always comes back to the student and making decisions based on what is best for your students at that time in that place." 

Nationally, there is a growing community of Board-certified teachers, now more than 118,000 strong across all 50 states. Each of these accomplished educators earned the profession’s highest mark of achievement through a rigorous, performance-based, peer-review process, demonstrating their proven impact on student learning and achievement.

"The process to get your National Board Certificate takes a lot of work and is very rigorous, but it has proven to be the best form of professional development I have ever taken," continued Fuller.  "With the National Board process, you are continually looking at your teaching, reflecting on it, and making the changes right there to benefit your students.  This process has changed my teaching from the moment I started going through it, and it continues to change how I teach every day."

“I’m so proud to celebrate our new National Board Certified Teachers. This is a great personal accomplishment, but it’s more than that – this accomplishment is reason to celebrate the impact Board-certified teachers have on millions of students nationwide and on the teaching profession at large. School principals, superintendents and other system leaders from across the country regularly tell me that NBCTs are making a difference in their students’ learning, strengthening their schools and their communities,” said Peggy Brookins, NBCT, president and CEO of the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards

National Board certification is one of the highest distinctions an educator can earn. It was created by teachers, for teachers, to incorporate the National Board’s professional teaching standards and the surrounding body of knowledge of what teachers should know and be able to do. Though this certification and the professional career continuum it provides, the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards aims to set the expectation that educators should demonstrate accomplished teaching and become leaders in their schools and communities.

Kingsport City Schools (KCS) is a public school district located in Kingsport, Tenn., serving students in Sullivan and Hawkins county. The district is comprised of 13 schools, including a Pre-K, eight elementary schools, two middle schools, one high school, a high school program of choice and an alternative learning program; with total enrollment over 7,700 students. The vision of Kingsport City Schools is to be, Student Focused … World Class.

KCS has been named the top school district in Tennessee as winner of the 2014 SCORE Prize District Award by the State Collaborative on Reforming Education (SCORE) and has earned the 2014 Achievement Award in the annual Excellence in Tennessee Recognition Program by the Tennessee Center for Performance Excellence (TNCPE).

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