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Southeastern professor renews National Teacher Certification


DURANT, Okla. – Dr. Susan Morrison of Southeastern Oklahoma State University recently renewed her National Board Teacher Certification.

Morrison is a professor and coordinator of Elementary Education, and has been at the University since 2004. A former public school classroom teacher, she holds an Ed.D. from Texas A&M Commerce, and bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Southeastern.

National Board Certification is a public assurance that teachers have met the profession’s highest standards for accomplished practice. It also signifies that teachers are up to date on the knowledge and best practice in their certificate area.

To renew the certification, educators must submit a profile of professional growth demonstrating how their practice continues to align with the core


propositions in their particular area. In addition, as part of the renewal process, Morrison did classroom teaching in Kim Stafford’s kindergarten class at Washington Irving Elementary School in Durant.

Morrison first earned the certification in 1999.

This is her 30th year in the classroom. Prior to joining the Southeastern faculty, Morrison taught in elementary schools in McKinney, Texas, and Durant, for 16 years.

“The title that gives me the greatest joy is that of ‘teacher,’ ‘’ she said. “National Board certification/renewal is, in my opinion, the best professional development opportunity in which a teacher can engage. Renewal helped me stay connected and current and gave me the opportunity to practice and apply the skills that I teach my university pre-service teachers to use.’’


The certification is through the National Board For Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS).

National Board Certification was designed to develop, retain and recognize accomplished teachers and to generate ongoing improvement in schools nationwide. It is the most respected professional certification available in K-12 education.

More than 118,000 teachers across the United States have achieved Board certification.