Congratulations to two Texarkana teachers as they have earned National Board Certification.

Both teachers are from the Texarkana Independent School District. From Texas High School it is Science teacher Amy Baker and from Wake Village Elementary it is  Instructional Coach, Rachel Sparks.  Both women join the elite club of over 130,000 teachers across the United States who are now Board-certified.

Both teachers earned their certification through a performance-based, peer-review process, plus showed their impact on student learning and achievement.
Amy Baker has been a science teacher at Texas High School since 2009.


According to a press release, Pattie O'Brannon the Texas High School Principal said,

Mrs. Baker is a very dedicated teacher who has worked countless hours to receive her National Board Certification. She is to be commended for her pursuit of excellence as an educator. We are very fortunate to have Mrs. Baker teach our students at Texas High School.

Rachel Sparks has 19 years in education, with 12 years as a classroom teacher. She is currently an Instructional Coach at Wake Village Elementary.


Wake Village Elementary Principal Mindy Jennings stated,

Mrs. Sparks takes pride in everything she does and strives to meet every challenge. She has a genuine desire to see our teachers and students succeed and is dedicated to helping them on their path to success. She enjoys learning and sharing with others and I am so happy she is a member of our Wake Village Family.

If you want to know just how incredible this accomplishment is only 3% of teachers throughout the nation receive this certification. Yes, it's a big deal! Congratulations to both these women and their outstanding accomplishments.

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