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Schenectady teachers earn national certification

District has 2nd highest total in New York state

Maria Neira, New York State United Teachers (NYSUT) Vice President hands out lapel pins to teachers in the Schenectady High School Library on Monday morning after announcing the 2012 National Board Certified Teachers from the Capital Region who earned the distinction which is considered the "gold standard of teaching excellence." Fourteen of the 2012 recipients are teachers in the Schenectady City School District.
Photographer: Marc Schultz
Maria Neira, New York State United Teachers (NYSUT) Vice President hands out lapel pins to teachers in the Schenectady High School Library on Monday morning after announcing the 2012 National Board Certified Teachers from the Capital Region who earned the distinction which is considered the "gold standard of teaching excellence." Fourteen of the 2012 recipients are teachers in the Schenectady City School District.
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Corinna Heggen didn’t face the daunting task of achieving National Board certification alone. The ninth-grade English teacher at Schenectady High School worked toward the recognition with more than a dozen of her colleagues at the district. Together, they bounced ideas off one another and took studying retreats during the process, which takes upwards of 400 hours of work to complete. “We were a strong support group,” she said. “We tried to look toward each other ...


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