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NEWS & FACULTY NOTES 2012-13

Meet National Board Certified Teacher
Cody Moody


What is
National Board Certification?


National Board Certification is an advanced teaching credential. It complements, but does not replace, a state’s teacher license. It is valid for 10 years, and renewal candidates must begin the renewal process during their eighth or ninth years as NBCTs.

National Board Certification is achieved upon successful completion of a voluntary assessment program designed to recognize effective and accomplished teachers who meet high standards based on what teachers should know and be able to do. National Board Certification is available nationwide for most preK–12 teachers.

As part of the certification process, candidates complete 10 assessments that are reviewed by trained teachers in their certificate areas. The assessments include four portfolio entries that feature teaching practice and six constructed response exercises that assess content knowledge.

Read more at NBCT site...


Two more AISD Social Studies teachers will be having their names added to a familiar plaque seen in the hallway at the district's Professional Development Center in 2012-13 --


--a plaque that each year adds the names of the latest teachers receiving their National Board Certification --

Congratulations to: High School Teacher Cody Moody
and Middle School Teacher Lisa Mielke!


PHOTO: Cody Moody; NBCT
Cody Moody
began his teaching career at AISD's Liberal Arts and Sciences Academy (LASA) and continues teaching there today. We asked Cody about his experience in the program and what he would say to his peers about it.

"I strongly encourage Austin ISD teachers to pursue the opportunity," says Cody. "If you feel that you are an accomplished teacher, then NB provides the chance for you to reflect on your effectiveness in the classroom. It also represents a significant marker in the quest of always finding room for improvement in one's teaching."


As those who have been through the program - or even those who have known peers who have gone though the process -will tell you, the journey is a rigorous one indeed. A support network of friends, family, and colleagues can make all the difference for the individual who has accepted this challenge.  And, while we know it is often an entire community that plays a role in that, we always like to provide our candidates an opportunity to thank a few of these folks here.

"I'd like to recognize my wife Mandy Moody for tolerating me and encouraging me through the stressful moments.  I’d also like to recognize [LASA Department Chair] Maricruz Aguayo for her mentorship and steadfast support.  Important influences I'd like to recognize, include: Mimi Parris, currently retired but longtime German teacher at Bowie HS. During my student teaching with Mimi, I learned from her highly effective classroom management and strategies for content delivery which helped me develop my own over the years. Also, Neil Loewenstern, colleague at LASA who helped me along especially in my early years. He has a collaborative spirit and the ability to think outside the box with unique curricular ideas."


Congratulations Mr. Moody!