It is Saturday afternoon and I should be putting up my Christmas tree. C and I did a little Christmas shopping this morning, and we do have Christmas music playing in the car! When C told his "daddo" that he heard Christmas music in mommy's car- Stuart was a little less than thrilled. He thinks it is wayyy too early for all that. However I think it is NEVER too early and I am totally in the mood to decorate. I had better get started before Stuart gets home from work so there will be no chance for turning back!
But before I do, I have to share some news!! No, I am no pregnant (darn it!), but I did find out the results from my National Boards yesterday. I PASSED!! This has been in the works for over a year. I began the process in July 2009. I have mentioned it a few times like in THIS POST. I turned in my portfolio in March 2010, took my exam in June 2010 and FINALLY found out the results yesterday. I was a nervous wreck all morning long. I knew that scores would be posted at 9:00 am and I could think of NOTHING else. At 9:00 I hopped on my computer in my classroom to see the numbers I have been dying to see and of course the server was too busy and I had to wait. I checked back every 30 seconds (hands shaking the entire time) until I finally got a screen that read:
You are a National Board Certified Teacher!
Of course I squealed and went to click where it said VIEW SCORES and the server went down AGAIN.
I panicked. I thought for sure it was a mistake. I had prepared myself that I had not passed. I had told myself it was a 3 year long process and I would be okay if I did not pass my first try. So, I had convinced myself that the 1st screen had been an error. Hands still shaking, I tried again. All I knew was to look for a number higher than 275 (passing score) and once I saw that my numbers were higher I jumped up out of my seat, began crying and ran out of the room! I was so excited. I know my 3rd graders thought I had lost it! It was a good thing my student teacher was there to explain to them what was going on and why their teacher was jumping up and down acting crazy!! :) It was a great feeling. I have wanted this for some time and I proved to myself that I could do it. I am the first person in my school to attempt it and I was nervous about that. I really wanted to prove that it could be done. I am so thrilled because this counts as my Rank 1- meaning I get a pay raise!, I do not have to do anymore school (unless I change my mind), and hopefully I have inspired many at my school (and hopefully some of you) to try it.
I was an awesome process. I worked very hard and I am so overjoyed that all that hard work paid off!!
So in celebration, I am going to transform my living room to Santa's Workshop! ha!
Thanks for all of your lovely comments and encouragement throughout this process. I must admit, I am one happy girl.
For more information on becoming National Board Certified click HERE!