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Falls Teacher Earns National Certification

Karen Richie earned certification through the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, which is one of the highest credential available for educators.

A teacher in the Menomonee Falls School District recently earned arguably the highest national teaching credential available.

Karen Richie earned certification through the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards. Just 100,000 teachers around the nation have earned this level of certification. A total of 79 teachers from Wisconsin earned that honor this year.

Richie teaches special education at Menomonee Falls High School. She earned her certification after a series of assessments including four portfolio entries that feature teaching practice and six constructed response exercises that assess content knowledge. The entire certification process takes between one and three years to complete.

Wisconsin is among approximately two-thirds of states that provide salary incentives and cover some costs to achieve the advanced credential. State teachers can receive up to $2,000 to reimburse the cost of earning national board certification and nine annual stipends of $2,500 if they remain employed as educators.

“Research shows that when educators go through the required steps to earn national board certification, there is a positive impact on student achievement,” said State Superintendent Tony Evers. “Educator effectiveness is critical to helping our students succeed, and national board certification is one means to ensure the quality of the teacher in the classroom.”

Jim Kube January 08, 2013 at 10:51 PM
So proud of you, Karen. You are such a passionate and enthusiastic individual - your students and the Falls' school district are extremely fortunate to benefit from your teaching skills. Thank you so much. Love to you and your family!
atthec44 January 08, 2013 at 11:00 PM
This is exactly the kind of teacher that Act 10 was designed to single out and make sure is paid more than her colleagues.
Nuitari (Grand Master Editor) January 09, 2013 at 12:38 AM
I knew these teachers existed that actually put their love and dedication to education before the greed of their union.
Steve ® January 09, 2013 at 02:05 AM
Karen Richie signed the walker recall. Keeping it in the family http://images.iverifytherecall.com/images/sw/sw087690.png
Nuitari (Grand Master Editor) January 09, 2013 at 02:24 AM
Guess I was wrong.
Steve ® January 09, 2013 at 02:36 AM
Must be a requirement to win a teaching award. Always check this list first and make sure they are really on the side of their employer, the taxpayer.
Carl Engelking January 09, 2013 at 04:15 AM
This wasn't an award - just to be clear. It's like earning a degree.
atthec44 January 09, 2013 at 02:35 PM
While I think Karen Richie should be commended for earning this prestigious certification… Shame, shame, shame on her for biting the hand that feeds her by signing the recall.
Jim Kube January 09, 2013 at 08:25 PM
Karen expressed her opinion and exercised her constitutional right via the recall. So what if someone else has a different view politically? Variety is the spice of life. No two folks in this country will *ever* agree on everything. In other words, let's be diplomatic and save our battles for a more appropriate time. Karen's hard work and dedication have earned her the right to be recognized in this manner.
Steve ® January 09, 2013 at 10:03 PM
Karen expressed more than a political opinion. With her signature she decided that her selfish union was more important than the broke tax payer funding her salary. She decided that running to a hotel in Illinois and holding a state hostage is OK. She decided that holding massive protests, skipping out on work and obtaining fake sick notes is OK. She decided that the private sector can go without a pay increase, endure massive layoffs, and have their taxes raised just so she can keep her "collective bargaining" is OK. She decided that public worker layoffs were more important than keeping everyone employed. Karen decided that she is not responsible for paying a small amount into her benefits. She signed a public document that has a searchable database. Take it as you wish but this information must be posted to gauge true character in a community that employes her, and the vast majority do not agree with her "opinion." She is a public educator, parents need to be informed what kind of eduction their students will receive.
Jim Kube January 09, 2013 at 10:13 PM
Steve ® - I'm aware of all of these things, my friend. I just don't think (my opinion), that this is the right time and place to pull out one's personal battles regarding politics. The Patch has political blogs for that. Go for it, as I usually enjoy reading the banter you bring to the table. I'm holding to my original statement regarding diplomacy. Please help me out?
Nuitari (Grand Master Editor) January 09, 2013 at 10:17 PM
I agree with both of you, but I'll side more with Jim. I'm sure most teachers signed the recall for fear of being singled out if they didn't; they probably had loads of them floating around the teacher lounges. After all, such is the primal rage of the union. However, if she was found to be more active than simply signing her name, beat her, stone her, fire her for all I care. I grew up respecting and quite frankly, loving my teachers, but never knew a little money could come in between my education and me.
Nuitari (Grand Master Editor) January 09, 2013 at 10:45 PM
More like a merit badge.
Steve ® January 10, 2013 at 04:58 AM
I understand what you are saying Jim. I don't forget as easily what these terrorist put this state through. This sounds like an awesome credential and hard work was put in to achieve . But when you make the news, know that there is a guy like myself that will remind those, that want to know, where they stand with their employer.
Jim Kube January 10, 2013 at 11:59 PM
Steve ® - "This sounds like an awesome credential and hard work was put in to achieve." Thank you so much for being willing to acknowledge this facet of the teacher's achievement. Your understanding is appreciated.

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