Three FHSD teachers recognized by BOE for earning highest credential in teaching

Posted on 02/02/2021
Jason Becker, Mindy Resnick and Tara Richards


Francis Howell School District (FHSD) recognized three teachers – Jason Becker, Mindy Resnick and Tara Richards – at the Board of Education meeting on Jan. 21 for earning or renewing their National Board Certification, the highest credential in the teaching profession.

National Board-certified teachers are highly accomplished educators who meet high and rigorous standards. Like board-certified doctors and accountants, teachers who receive National Board Certification have met stringent standards through intensive study, expert evaluation, self-assessment and peer review. The certification is a voluntary process in which teachers work to advance the quality of teaching and learning.

Mrs. Tara Richards is the District’s newest National Board-certified teacher. She has been teaching at Francis Howell Middle (FHM) for the last 17 years. She teaches ELA and Geography. She has also been involved in District curriculum writing, and she co-sponsors the Viking Shield Club at FHM.

A National Board teaching certificate is valid for ten years with the opportunity to renew certification. Renewal is a personal and public statement about a teacher’s commitment to the profession and to their students. In any given subject and developmental area, best practice and knowledge are constantly evolving. At the same time, changes in technology and policy affect every aspect of education, from the classroom to administration. Francis Howell has two National Board-certified teachers who have recently renewed their certification.

Mrs. Mindy Resnick is an ELA teacher at Bryan Middle School where she has taught the last 16 years. Mindy earned her National Board Certification in 2011 and has been a certified National Board-certified mentor for five years. She has facilitated our National Board-certified professional development strand in the District for the last two years. She also serves on Bryan’s Professional Development committee as the Francis Howell Education Association (FHEA) rep. She has been a member of FHEA for the last 16 years.

Dr. Jason Becker is in his 18th year of teaching at Francis Howell Central High School. He teaches ELA, and also served as FHC’s ultimate frisbee head coach. Dr. Becker was unable to attend the Board meeting, but his accomplishments were recognized by the Board and his colleagues.

The District now has 60 teachers who have achieved the National Board-certified Teacher distinction and celebrates all three of these hardworking teachers. 

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