KEARNEY — Project Lead The Way biomedical science teacher Michelle Lawrence achieved national board certification. As part of the program, teachers get to choose the area they want to certify in, and she chose adolescent and young adult science. She joins a community of more than 125,000 board-certified teachers in the United States.

“National board certified teachers will continue to change the way their students learn, and their proven ability to be the best teachers they can be will have a ripple effect on their schools and their communities for years to come,” said Peggy Brookins, president and chief executive officer of the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards.

In order to become a board-certified teacher, teachers complete a performance-based, peer-reviewed process, demonstrating their proven impact on student learning and achievement. This process, according to the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, “allows teachers to hone their practice, showcase their talent in the classroom and demonstrate their dedication to their students and their profession.”

Lawrence, who teaches at Kearney High School, was recognized by the Kearney Board of Education for her outstanding achievement. In her comments to the board, she shared that she believes going through the certification process has made her a better teacher.

Lawrence joins four other Kearney educators to achieve the certification.

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