Man's greatness consists in his ability to do and the proper application of his powers to things needed to be done....
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Congratulations! Two FDA Teachers gain a prestigious award!


On November 23rd, 2013, Mrs. Herchenroether and Mr. Murphy both received notification that they achieved National Board Certification. This was a process that each had begun in the summer of 2011.

In NYC, the number of National Board Certified Teachers in the Department of Education equals .002% of the entire teaching pool. Nationwide, less than 3% of teachers have achieved National Board Certification.

Mrs. Herchenroether and Mr. Murphy are the first teachers in the history of the Frederick Douglass Academy to achieve this certification.

More than 100,000 National Board Certified Teachers (NBCTs) nationwide advance student learning through excellence and leadership. Although they represent only a small fraction of the nation’s teachers, NBCTs are the single largest identifiable group of accomplished practitioners, and they have had an outsized impact on improving public education.

NBCTs are working in the areas where they are needed most. Nationwide, nearly half of all NBCTs work in high-need schools. Since 2005, more than a third of all winners of the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching have been NBCTs. In their states and districts, NBCTs are serving as mentors and instructional coaches to their colleagues and in other teacher leadership roles. And NBCTs are working together to actively shape educational policies and practices at the local, state and national levels.

Both Mrs. Herchenroether and Mr. Murphy would like to thank their students who push them to each day to be the best teachers they can.

They would also like to thank Principal Gates for his continued support throughout this process.

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