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Bloomfield teacher earns gold standard certification

The Canandaigua Messenger

A Bloomfield teacher was recognized by the New York State United Teachers (NYSUT) with the prestigious Gold Standard certification.

Katrina Smith, a Social Studies-History/Adolescence and Young Adulthood teacher at Bloomfield who previously taught in the Marcus Whitman district, is one of 98 teachers who earned the highly respected gold star certification. The certification means that the teachers proved to the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards — through performance-based assessments, writing and videotapes demonstrating a wide range of teaching skills — that they meet the very highest standards of the teaching profession.

“Katrina is an inspiring teacher to work with as she is constantly looking for ways to grow professionally. She has a dynamic personality and actively encourages her students to take action when they see injustice,” said Tavis Geary, a social studyies teacher at Bloomfield. “Overall she has set high standards for her students, and earning National Board Certification is just one example of how much she practices what she teaches.”

New York now has 2,016 teachers who have reached the “gold standard” of the teaching profession. In addition, 52 New York teachers learned this week that they have successfully renewed their national certification for a 10-year period.

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