FHN Teacher Jani Wilkens Renews National Board Certification

Posted on 01/28/2020
National Board Certified Teacher

FHSD congratulates Francis Howell North ELA teacher Jani Wilkens who has renewed her National Board Certification, the highest credential in the teaching profession. FHSD has 59 teachers who have achieved this distinction.

Wilkens has spent her entire 18-year career at FHN, teaching primarily English 2, Creative Writing, and AP Language and Composition. She has served as a PLC leader and curriculum writer and has sponsored the Student Council, the Creative Writing Club, and even the Hacky Sack Club. 

“I consider myself a lifelong learner, and being a part of the National Board Certification process has been an immense learning experience,” said Wilkens. “The required reflection and improvement in my work with students has made me the teacher I am today. I am constantly trying to find ways to improve what I do in the classroom based on my students’ needs, learning styles, and the current world around us, especially when it comes to technological advances and expectations that will be placed on my students when they graduate. My classroom is one in which collaborative learning is at the forefront of all we do.”

National Board Certified Teachers are highly accomplished educators who meet high and rigorous standards. The certification, through the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS), is a voluntary process in which teachers work to advance the quality of teaching and learning. As part of this process, teachers analyze their teaching context and students’ needs, submit videos of their teaching, and provide student work samples that demonstrate growth in student learning over time.

Like board-certified doctors and accountants, teachers who achieve National Board Certification have met stringent standards through intensive study, expert evaluation, self-assessment, and peer review. A new National Board Teaching Certificate is valid for five years with the opportunity to renew certification.

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