MOUNT VERNON — Three Mount Vernon Middle School teachers — Bryan Donaldson, Wes Elifritz and Kristin Payne — have officially attained Master Teacher status.
The Ohio Department of Education defines a Master Teacher as someone who “demonstrates excellence inside and outside of the classroom through consistent leadership and focused collaboration to maximize student learning.” Master Teachers also focus on students and the learning environment, academic content, assessments and instructional methods, and engage in continuous professional development.
Earning Master Teacher status is a lengthy and time-consuming process. Candidates have to at least seven years of teaching experience, and are required to look back and reflect on what they have done as a teacher in the past five of those seven years. They must write a 12-page portfolio covering the above-mentioned areas and have 10 pages of supporting evidence.
Asked what motivated him to participate in a summer workshop and go through the process, Donaldson, reading and language arts, said, “Improved student learning is the goal that probably motivated me the most because I want students to succeed.”
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