TAYLOR COUNTY—Educators do more than just teach their students, and some dedicated education professionals leave a profound impact on their students, one that lasts well beyond their school years. Part of that is due to their dedication to a profession that entails constant learning and certification.
Recently, one of Grafton High School’s own was recognized, as she earned a national certification, on a quest to ensure that she was armed with the best tools to teach and shape the lives of future generations.
Rebecca “Becky” Bartlett was honored along with 100 other educators by the West Virginia Department of Education (WVDE) as part of the annual National Board Certification Recognition Celebration.
Bartlett was among the 35 new inductees of the classification.
According to a press release from the WVDE, National Board Certification is the gold-standard credential for educators, and it often symbolizes accomplished practice beyond licensure.
In fact, earning the certification is no easy task, as it can take up to three years to complete and include four components that the educator must show mastery of including content knowledge; differentiation in instruction; teaching practice and learning environment; and effective/reflective practice.
“The data is clear about National Board Certified Teachers (NBCTs) and their profound impact on student learning,” said State Superintendent of Schools W. Clayton Burch. “The West Virginia Department of Education wholeheartedly supports National Board Certification precisely for the outcomes that benefit students and teachers alike. We commend our educators’ commitment to pursue this important credential, especially during the challenging times we have experienced over the past two years.”
Armed with a passion for learning herself, Bartlett earned a bachelor’s degree in Secondary Education with an emphasis in English grades 5-12, and a Library Science certification.
“I also have a Master’s of Education +45, mostly dealing with human development, sociology, psychology, pedagogy, curriculum design and methodology,” she revealed.
Specializing in Language Arts, Reading, Research and Information Literacy, Bartlett has been molding the minds of the future for 22 years as a teacher at Grafton High School where she has served in many different roles, not only teaching but interacting with the students, something that she holds very dear to her heart.
“I’ve taught English 9, 10, 11, 12, Theater, Dance, Yearbook and Advanced Placement, as well as Library I, II and III,” Bartlett disclosed. “I also teach most English Learners (once called ESL) we have in the county. I’ve been doing that since 2005, which I have absolutely loved because I’ve gotten to work with students from all over the world.”
She currently serves as the school’s librarian, where she helps to instill a love of reading, researching and learning into her students. Often times, the library’s décor is suited to a particular genre of book or an area of focus to help engage her students even further.
In addition to teaching, Bartlett revealed that she thoroughly enjoys the company of the young minds she encounters, allowing her to opt to participate in many extracurricular events.
“Because I have enjoyed working with high school aged kids so much, I spend a lot of my evening time with them, too,” she expressed. “I’ve been a play director/producer, a class advisor, a prom advisor, a National Honor Society co-advisor, a STEAM coordinator and a Quiz Bowl advisor.”
And if that wasn’t already a significant list of accomplishments, Bartlett has also been serving as the AP Coordinator at Grafton High School for the past nine years.
Because she takes her profession seriously and wants to instill her own passion for learning in her students, Bartlett is always striving for more.
“I always joke that if money falls on my doorstep, I’ll be getting my doctorate next,” she jested.
Due to the dedication of educators such as Bartlett, West Virginia ranks 13th in the nation for highest percentage of NBCTs, 17th in for the number of new certifications and 19th for the number of certification renewals.
According to the WVDE, there are currently 1,144 National Board Certified Teachers in West Virginia.
The staff of the Mountain Statesman would like to extend their congratulations to Becky Bartlett, for her outstanding achievement in education, earning her National Board Certification!