Kindergarten teacher Daphne Moote
is among 651 California teachers
to receive profession's top honorEL SEGUNDO, Calif. (December 13, 2002) - El Segundo Unified School District has announced that Center Street Elementary School kindergarten teacher Daphne Moote has been awarded National Board Certification as an Early Childhood Generalist by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS).
National Board Certification is a voluntary process established by the NBPTS
to be earned by America's kindergarten through high school educators as a symbol of their teaching excellence.Designed to strengthen the teaching profession and elevate student academic performance, certification is achieved through a rigorous assessment that takes nearly a year to complete.Through this process, teachers document their extensive knowledge of the subject matter they teach, provide evidence of their ability to educate students effectively, and demonstrate their skills at managing and measuring student learning.Moote
was motivated to meet the challenge of National Board Certification by her
personal goal to grow as a teacher."I wanted to see if I could meet the rigorous standards and I am proud to say that I did it," Moote
had to become an expert on teaching all subject areas to children four to eight years old."I am confident that I am a better teacher for having gone through the process, which I found to be amazing."As part of the application process, Moote began last August to assemble four portfolios she was required to submit to the NBPTS.
These portfolios included assessments of student work samples, written examples of her
professional development and leadership, and video taped lessons.She
traveled to an assessment center to take 30- minute writing prompts
Earns National Board Certification
during which she
knowledge of early childhood education.
During each half-hour written exam she
read detailed prompts, analyzed data, and responded to questions about different subjects.After 30 minutes, the screen went blank and another prompt appeared."It was an intense assessment and there was no time to edit what I'd written," Moote
ability to master the written prompts to the estimated 600-800 hours of personal time she
spent on research while she
prepared for certification."Daphne is a teacher who exemplifies professionalism at every level and she is a pleasure to work with," said Dr. Wendy Doty, Superintendent of Schools in ESUSD.
was presented a Certificate of Merit for Outstanding Achievement by the ESUSD
at the December 10 board meeting in front of a crowd of supporters that included colleagues, former and current students, and their parents.She has taught kindergarten at Center Street School for 16 years and is the president of the El Segundo Teachers' Association.
has operated a summer learning academy called DAMLA since 1991.Ms Moote
is one of 651 teachers in California to achieve the profession's top honor in 2002, bringing to 1,960 the total number of educators statewide to hold national certification.
...Moote joins El Segundo High School English teacher Linda Brown as the second teacher in the ESUSD to hold National Board Certification.
"For the past two years I've been thinking of applying, and this process helped me fine tune my teaching," Moote