Six Muskogee Public Schools teachers were named National Board Certified Teachers by the National Board for Professional Teaching Thursday.

The teachers are:

• Lora Reavis, Phase 1 teacher, Early Childhood Center.

• Angela Satterfield, sixth grade, Tony Goetz Elementary.

• Michael Reid, math, 7th and 8th Grade Center.

• Debbie Havens, fifth grade, Ben Franklin Science Academy.

• Diane Walker, social studies, Ben Franklin.

• Michelle Behrens, science, Ben Franklin.

The teachers were notified of their certified status Thursday, then told administrators, District Public Relations Director Cindy Heupel said.

The National Board for Professional Teaching will make an official announcement and release a comprehensive list of all Board Certified Teachers on Jan. 9, a National Board spokesman said.

The board is a nonprofit organization dedicated to establishing high teaching standards. Certification is considered the top recognition in the teaching profession. Oklahoma teachers earning certification get a $5,000 annual bonus for 10 years from the state.

Walker said Thursday that she was “absolutely humbled.”

Earning certification “is the hardest thing I’ve ever done, but it puts me in the pool of colleagues who are outstanding,” she said.

Teachers seeking certification must attend training on how to teach more effectively.

Early Childhood Center Principal Deborah Horsechief said Reavis is the first teacher from her school to earn certification.

“And we are so proud of her,” she said. “She’s an awesome teacher, and it’s a well-deserved honor.”

Horsechief said Reavis “does a lot of things that make her stand out.”

For example, Reavis uses a lot of art in her teaching, Horsechief said. “She used music to teach opposites. She had them (her students) sing high, and she had them sing low.”

Ben Franklin Principal Cheryll Hallum said her three certified teachers “put an extra effort into their classrooms.”

The six join 10 Muskogee Public Schools teachers who have been certified over the past five years.

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