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MS NBCT Network Hosts First Annual Learn and Lead Conference

Monday, November 11, 2019   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Kelly Riley
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More than 50 practitioners attended the Mississippi NBCT Network’s first annual Learn and Lead Conference on Saturday, November 2.  Peggy Brookins, NBCT, President and CEO of the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS), delivered an engaging keynote address to kick off the conference. Morning concurrent sessions focused on National Board advocacy, best practices for an effective NBCT mentor, and National Board renewal, while afternoon sessions examined the four components of Board Certification.  Participants also enjoyed tabletop speed sessions on a variety of best practices. PowerPoint presentations from the day's concurrent sessions are presented below for your reference:



Inaugural members of the MS NBCT Network Executive Committee were elected during the conference.  The following were elected and will develop the Network’s priorities and program activities for the coming years, including future Learn and Lead annual conferences:


  • Dr. Stacey Donaldson achieved National Board Certification in 2002.  An instructional designer at Belhaven University, she previously served as the National Board Project Director at the Mississippi Department of Education.
  • Becky Hayes teaches Gifted Education and serves as a Lead Teacher at New Hope Elementary in Lowndes County.  She achieved National Board Certification in 2004 and renewed in 2014.
  • Keri McRaney achieved National Board Certification in 2018.  She teaches 3rd-6th grade Gifted at Simpson Central School in Simpson County.
  • Anji Reddy Nalamalapu teaches at Gentry High School in the Sunflower County Consolidated School District.  He achieved National Board Certification in 2018. 
  • Julie Viguerie achieved National Board Certification in 2008 and renewed in 2018.  She teaches Biology at Purvis High School in the Lamar County School District. 
  • Charlotte Walker teaches Economics and AP Macroeconomics at Clinton High School.  She achieved National Board Certification in 2005 and renewed in 2015.  


It was an exciting day of networking and professional growth!