Teacher Achieves National Board Certification

Teacher Achieves National Board Certification
Posted on 01/11/2019

Melissa Hensley is among the more than 3,900 teachers nationwide who achieved the highest professional credential she can earn – she attained first-time certification from the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards in 2018.

Hensley teaches agriscience at Garden City High School and earned her certification in career and technical education/early adolescence through young adulthood.


National board certification is recognized nationwide as a model for identifying accomplished teaching practice. Teachers were notified in December if they achieved the certification.


Before certification, teachers must have a bachelor’s degree, a valid state teaching license and three years experience in the classroom. With the addition of Hensley, USD 457 currently has two national board certified teachers.


The national board standards were created by teachers. The standards represent a consensus for 25 certificate areas in 16 disciplines, including art, English, mathematics, science, world languages, school counseling, special education and physical education, from pre-kindergarten through high school and six student development levels from early childhood through adolescence.


Kansas currently has a total of 449 national board certified teachers. To date, more than 122,000 teachers in all 50 states are NBCTs.

The National Board for Professional Teaching Standards was launched in 1987. A decade of research shows board-certified teachers positively impact student learning. The goal is to create standards for high-quality teaching and to professionalize teaching through licensure, following the lead of fields like medicine, engineering, and architecture.