This afternoon, at 4 o’clock, Montana Superintendent of Public Instruction Denise Juneau is going to hand over a check for $3,000 to Franklin Elementary School teacher Kathleen Devlin.
Devin’s stipend comes as an award of sorts on top of her recent recognition for achieving National Board Certification. She is now one of 85 teachers in the state who have attained this certification, which requires “an extensive series of performance-based assessments that includes teaching portfolios, student work samples, videotapes, and analyses of the teacher’s classroom teaching and student learning,” according to the state Office of Public Instruction.
Missoula County Public Schools Superintendent Alex Apostle, and executive regional directors Mark Thane, Roberta Stengel and Karen Allen are also expected to attend the presenting of the check.
“We are proud to recognize this educator for her hard work and dedication to furthing excellence in education,” Juneau said in a prepared statement.
And Eric Feaver, president of the state teachers’ and public employees’ union, gave his congratulations to the Montana Education Association-Montana Federation of Teachers:
“Research shows that Nationally Board Certified teachers make a huge difference in the education of the children they serve. That’s why MEA-MFT and our Montana Professional Teaching Foundation (MPTF) help make it possible for teachers to undergo the certification process. We provide subsidy scholarships to defray the high cost of applying. We sponsor workshops  designed to help candidates navigate the certification process. We lobby the legislature to provide successful candidates a one-time-only cash award. And we urge our local teacher bargaining units to negotiate locally funded salary enhancements for teachers who achieve National Board Certification. Many MEA-MFT local affiliates have done just that.
“MEA-MFT and the foundation have been proud to support National Board Certification in Montana since 1997.”
Congratulations, Kathleen Devlin, and kudos to all the other Montana teachers who have taken the extra time and made the extra effort to attain National Board Certification!
UPDATE: Here’s the link to Jamie Kelly’s awesome story about Devlin’s certification in the Missoulian. It notes that she’s only the third teacher in the Missoula County Public Schools district to receive it.
– MM