Thanks to the generosity of the Clements Foundation, the district is pleased to announce that University Park Elementary Talented and Gifted (TAG) Specialist Kayla Myers has completed the National Board Certification program. Myers received the certification in the area of Exceptional Needs (Gifted and Talents) after years of hard work and dedication. The program is the highest certification a teacher may obtain and is only offered through the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS).
Myers believes that the certification process has helped strengthen the classroom learning experience for her students. She stated, “It was double dipping for me because it was helping me plan for my students and my classes. What I was doing with the national board was making me a stronger teacher for my students.”
Two of her students, Gus Mchugh and Maya Bohil, were eager to comment on Myers’ teaching methods. Mchugh noted, “Her teaching isn’t rushed. When you need help with something, she will walk you through it.” Bohil emphasized the fact that she is always willing to set aside time to break down any abstract concepts that a student is struggling with.
Taking on the National Board Certification process is a commitment, but several district resources are available to ensure that an HPISD teacher pursuing the credential is successful. Meyers emphasized her gratitude for the support network in place throughout her journey. She stated, “(HPISD teachers should) Know that you will have a team that will help you. The cohort was always there and supported me every step of the way. The district support is huge, and you are not alone.”
The HPEF William P. Clements Jr. Fund, through a significant grant to HPISD, covers the cost of the application process and the needed resources for an HPISD teacher to complete the program. The certification process was developed by NBPTS to maintain high and rigorous standards for what accomplished teachers should know and be able to do in the classroom.