Kelley Sweeney, a sixth-year English teacher at South Texas Business, Education & Technology Academy (BETA), was recognized at the Dec. 1 board meeting for receiving her National Teacher Board Certification.
According to the organization, The National Teacher Board Certification is the most respected professional certification available in education and provides benefits to teachers, students and schools. It was designed to develop, retain and recognize accomplished teachers and to generate ongoing improvement in schools nationwide.
With Sweeney’s accomplishment, the number of teachers within the district who hold National Teacher Board Certification reached 14: five in mathematics, five in English, three in science, and one in art.
Sweeney completed four components to earn certification, including: written assessment of content knowledge, reflection on student work samples, video and analysis of teaching practice and documented impact and accomplishments as a teaching professional.
“In retrospect, I realize that this was, in fact, one of the most difficult challenges I have faced to date,” said Sweeney. “My father’s passing in the middle of it all definitely took its toll on me, but it was his words of wisdom and encouragement that kept me focused through even my darkest days. I see now just how much of a difference it has made on my teaching; it has made me a more conscious, dedicated, and creative teacher. The experience also taught me that no matter what challenges one may face, it is the support of family and friends that help you make it through. I dedicate my work to my loving husband, my caring mother, and most of all, my brilliant father. This is for you, Dad.”
Sweeney graduated from South Texas High School for Health Professions (Med High) in 2002 in the Top 10 percent of her class, and graduated from Texas A&M University- College Station in 2006 with a B.A. in English.