Teachers receive national certification

JOHNSTOWN — Two more Greater Johnstown School District teachers have received national teacher board certification, increasing the total credentialed district staff to six.

The Board of Education last week at Johnstown High School recognized national board certification for Melissa Livingstone and Katrina Bevington, both of Pleasant Avenue Elementary School.

“National board certification is a really prestigious achievement,” said district Assistant Superintendent Ruthie Cook.

Family members of Livingstone and Bevington surrounded them, as they were honored by the school board.

National board certification is an advanced teaching credential governed by the Arlington, Va.-based National Board of Professional Teaching Standards. Educators say much work goes into the achievement, which is recognized as the “gold standard” in teacher certification.

According to the board website, the “mission” of the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards is to advance the quality of teaching and learning. The three main ways are: maintaining high and rigorous standards for what accomplished teachers should know and be able to do; providing a national voluntary system certifying teachers who meet these standards; and advocating related education reforms to integrate national board certification.

“We’re very proud of you,” said Board of Education President Kathy Dougherty.

According to the district website, Bevington, who earned certification in the area of “Exceptional Needs Specialist/Early Childhood through Young Adulthood,” is a special education teacher.

Livingstone, who earned certification in the area of “Generalist/Early Childhood,” has taught various elementary levels in the district and is presently a kindergarten teacher.

Others within the Johnstown school district holding the national board teacher credentials are JHS counselor Christina Carlson; Ellen Roehl, Pleasant Avenue Elementary School kindergarten teacher; and Sean Russo and Anne Bagot, JHS social studies teachers.

In other board business, Johnstown Teacher Association President Nancy Lisicki praised the achievements of Bevington and Livingstone, and briefed the board on recent faculty “building happenings.”

Her report included first grade teachers doing animal research projects, kindergarten classes utilizing scientific methods about boats, and students at Warren Street Elementary School researching costs of household items.

Lisicki said March 2 will be celebrated with “Read Across America Day” for Dr. Seuss’ birthday.

Michael Anich covers Johnstown and Fulton County news. He can be reached at manich@leaderherald.com.