Special honor for special educator

Published 9:20pm Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Friends, colleagues, family members, and Morning Star Baptist Church’s family gathered at the Selma Convention Center last Friday to celebrate and congratulate Cheryl Anita Randolph on becoming a National Board Certified Teacher.

According to research, National Board Certification is an advanced teaching credential. It is a type of certification offered to teachers who wish to advance their skill sets and marketability as employees. There are many benefits to becoming board certified including knowledge, prestige, and career advancement.

National Board for Professional Teaching Standards is an organization founded in 1987 that offers teachers the opportunity to become board certified in their chosen field. The group is independent of the government or any other political interest.

Since 1987, more than 100,000 teachers have achieved National Board Certification. Alabama has 2,202 National Board Certified Teachers.

Further study indicates the mission of the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards is to advance five core values: teachers should be committed to students, should know their subject, are responsible for their students, should learn from experience and should be members of their community of learning.

National Board Certified Teachers are highly regarded by their peers; they meet high teaching standards and are thought to make their schools better learning institutes. Cheryl Anita Randolph has done this as a classroom teacher, and now as a school guidance counselor.

She is among the “elite group of seven” of the Selma City Schools’ employees who have achieved National Board Certification. The group is comprised of Adrienne Shelton-Lee, Taurus Deshonda Brown-Smith, Senovia Barley-Wilson, Glenda Davis, Lisa Morenzoni, Cicely Curtis, and Cheryl Anita Randolph. This is an incredible feat.

In today’s technological world, one machine can do the work of 50 ordinary women. No machine can do the work of one extraordinary woman. Cheryl Randolph is an extraordinary guidance counselor who helps students to become productive members of society.

I was proud to stand before the group on such a memorable occasion. I am confident Cheryl Anita Randolph will continue to make contributions to education.

Together the employees of the Selma City Schools are going to dominate the world of academia.

Again, congratulations to Ms. Randolph.

Editor's Picks