Four Clovis teachers earn top honor

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer

Four Clovis teachers who achieved National Board Certification were honored at a Tuesday school board meeting in front of friends, family, and school administration

It is the highest credential any professional teacher can obtain. And each of the four teachers did so on their first attempt, according to Jimmy Minichello, a media relations manager for the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards.

“It’s like the Nobel Prize of teaching,” said Clovis Municipal Schools Superintendent Rhonda Seidenwurm before presenting the four women with wooden plaques to commemorate their achievement.

The teachers had to demonstrate proficiency in 12 instruction areas, including passion for teaching and problem solving. They also must pass a core subject exam.

“I was born a good teacher,” said one newly board certified Highland Elementary teacher, Terry Pipkin. “I can say that is a gift that God gave me. But I became a better teacher hanging onto the wings of that group,” she said emotionally, referring to other board certified teachers in the room.

Research indicates math and reading scores of students taught by board certified teachers improve by 7 percent, according to Clovis Municipal Schools Technology Program Specialist Lynn Birch.

The following Clovis teachers achieved National Board Certification:

• Annetta Hadley: Clovis High School family and consumer science teacher
• Terry Pipkin: Highland Elementary School sixth-grade teacher
• Melissa Romero: Bella Vista kindergarten teacher
• Carol Singletary: Clovis High School journalism teacher

Also at Tuesday’s meeting:
• Board members reviewed school board policies. The policies are up for adoption at the Feb. 28, regular school board meeting.
• Science and math textbooks were suggested for use from the year 2006 to the year 2011 were recommended by to the school board by school administration. A vote on the adoption of the textbooks will me made by the board at a later date.
• A bid for the construction of a parent pick-up area at Barry Elementary was awarded to K. Barnett and Son’s, Inc. of Clovis.