An excerpt from my speech at the Celebration of Accomplished Teaching

Here are some great comments from Beth Maloney, AZ Teacher of the Year 2014. I was really inspired by this speech, especially when she said: “Get your message out there because if you don’t tell your story, someone else will tell it for you.” Teachers, this is a powerful call to action. Get your stories out there! And if you are considering pursuing National Board Certification, I highly encourage you to begin the amazing journey!

Beth Maloney: Daring to Teach

Image With Carolyn Warner, former State Superintendent of Public Instruction, champion of students, and one of Beth’s heroes. P.S. She gave me a kiss after my speech and said, “Way to go, kid!”

On February 1, 2014 the Arizona K12 Center hosted a fabulous event to recognize and celebrate Arizona’s newest National Board Certified teachers and Master Teachers.  I was thrilled to be invited to speak.  Here is an excerpt from my keynote:

Welcome to the family!  We are many, but we speak with a unified voice, especially when we say congratulations.  You have elevated the credibility of our profession.  Take the time to let this achievement land. 

There was a recent study that asked: What does the public want to see from their teachers?  The 3 P’s: passion, professionalism, patience.  You have dedicated yourself to those.  And you proved you can follow directions really, really well.

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I'm a National Board Certified teacher (ECYA-ENS) for preschool students with special needs. I earned my doctorate in 2016 from ASU in Leadership and Innovation. My research focused on increasing leadership for special education teachers who work with paraeducators in their schools. I care about teacher leadership, special education, retention of early career teachers, National Board Certification, and improving outcomes for families affected by disabilities. I believe that teachers within the classroom should feel that their voice is valuable--and they should share their perspectives in the community to influence policies that affect us in the classrooms. The day of unfocused chatter is over. Time for action teachers!

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