*Mrs. Jean Krippel
I started my teaching career in 2011 at Rich South High School, where I taught trigonometry/advanced math and Algebra 2. Starting in 2012 I taught at Prairie Central High School for 4 years, teaching pre-algebra, Algebra 1, and geometry. Then in 2017, I was fortunate to receive a job at Coal City Middle School where I now teach pre-algebra and Algebra 1.
Why did you want to become National Board Certified?
I always strive to improve my teaching and become the best educator I can be. After talking with a colleague that was going through the process, I realized that National Board could help improve my teaching skills and help me reflect on the effectiveness of my teaching.
The most difficult aspect of going through the process for me was trying to explain everything in a limited document. Ironically, at the beginning of this process, I was scared about having to write a twelve-page paper. Once I started writing, however, I wished I could have used more pages!
Personally, the most rewarding part was being able to collaborate with my peers. It was enjoyable to hear other people's viewpoints, brainstorm ideas, and learn what others are doing in their classrooms to be exceptional teachers.
What advice would you give others that are thinking about starting the process?
Try to find a colleague (not necessarily in your same content area) to go through the process with you. It is easier and more effective if you have someone you can collaborate with and ask for advice from.
How has this made you a better educator? I am a better educator because this process makes you constantly reflect and improve your teaching. It has also helped me express the purpose of my teaching, improve learning for my students, and align my practice to the five core propositions.