MUSKOGEE, Okla. - Oklahoma School for the Blind teacher Faye Miller joins 4,786 teachers across the United States who have renewed their certifications as National Board Certified Teachers.
Miller was recertified recently as a National Board Certified Teacher for Exceptional Needs Students with Visual impairments.
She is a certified orientation and mobility instructor who trains Oklahoma School for the Blind students to travel safely and independently.
Miller brings OSB students each year to volunteer and entertain at the Sapulpa Lions Club’s annual beans and chili dinner scheduled this year on January 30.
“Today’s announcement is cause for celebration because thousands more teachers have shown that they teach to the highest standards in the profession,” said Peggy Brookins, president and chief executive officer of the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, which grants the certifications.
“The future becomes brighter as we all work towards an accomplished teacher for every student, in every classroom, across the country,” she said.
“Being an NBCT has made me reflect more on what I do and how I can do different things to benefit my students from teaching classes to planning projects for them,” Miller said. “For example, projects like having our students volunteer for the Sapulpa Lions Club at their annual bean dinner fundraiser gives our students an opportunity to do a service project.
“I see the self-confidence they gain by serving others and the skills they practice to work with members of the community,” she said.
“The National Board sets high expectations and standards for teachers earning the certification,” Oklahoma School for the Blind Superintendent Rita Echelle said. “We are pleased that Mrs. Miller met these expectations and obtained this prestigious certification.”
OSB is a division of the Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services
“DRS is proud of Faye Miller for being certified again as a National Board certified teacher,” DRS Executive Director Melinda Fruendt said. “We are proud of Mrs. Miller and the Oklahoma School for the Blind for commitment to high standards and excellent teaching, which help students who are blind or visually impaired succeed in the classroom and eventually in employment and independent life.”
The academic program for Oklahoma School for the Blind residential and commuter students meets all state-mandated education requirements. Students receive specialized instruction in Braille, orientation and mobility, technology and other areas. Students attend classes Monday through Thursday free of charge and are transported home for three-day weekends during the regular school year. OSB staff also provide free services to students with vision impairments who attend other public schools, their families and educators.
The National Board for Professional Teaching Standards advances the quality of teaching and learning by maintaining rigorous teaching standards, certifying teachers who meet these standards, advocating for National Board certification and capitalizing on the expertise of National Board Certified Teachers.