Saturday, November 22, 2008

I DID IT! NATIONAL BOARDS CERTIFICATION!

IF YOU WERE WITH ME, ROOTING FOR ME, SUPPORTING ME, OR JUST PUTTING UP WITH MY WHINING DURING THIS POST, THIS POST, THIS POST, THIS POST, AND THIS POST ... WELL, WE DID IT!

THE GOOD FOLKS AT THE NATIONAL BOARD FOR PROFESSIONAL TEACHING STANDARDS RELEASED THE 2008 SCORES TODAY AND I MADE IT!

SURE, I HAD TO EAT A LITTLE HUMBLE PIE LAST FALL WHEN I MISSED IT BY 7 POINTS, BUT I TOOK THE ADVICE THAT I'M ALWAYS GIVING MY STUDENTS AND DID NOT GIVE UP.

IT SEEMS THE SECOND TRY IS THE CHARM.

SO, I'M TOTALLY STOKED!

T-O-T-A-L-L-Y.

I'M GOIN' OUTSIDE NOW TO HOWL AT THE MOON!

WOOHOO!!

54 comments:

Freste said...

CONGRATULATIONS, BRO!
Happy Howling... what a great thing to happen to a great person at a great time.
When's the party??

Anonymous said...

FC-
Congrats from Beijing!!!! If you were here we would crack open one the prized bottles we found in Japan...Okay, okay quit twisting our arm, we'll have a toast to you tonight!
Lightnin and Thunder

threecollie said...

Congratulations!!!! We knew you would do it!

Dani said...

That's so wonderful!!!

swamp4me said...

Howl away - you deserve it!

Pablo said...

I think I can hear you up here in the Midwest. Great work! And best of all, you're a working role model for you students.

And think of all the new money that will come rolling in now.

Sharon said...

CONGRATULATIONS!!!! That's awesome :)

Deb said...

WOO HOO! I can feel your excitement all the way up here in Minnesotarctica! Congrats!

cedrorum said...

Dude, CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!!!!!! I know how hard you've worked to get this. And thank you from all of our kids as well.

rick said...

congrats must be a tough test what does it mean u get more oboma dollors

Anonymous said...

CONGRATULATIONS MR. FC!

- Jonathan

Cathy S. said...

CONGRATULATIONS! You worked so hard and it paid off. Flash that certificate around to the next student who whines about something being hard. Go celebrate! (And I assume for you that will be wading through a swamp and picking up water moccasins!)

Jane said...

Well done, great news! All that hard work and frustration was worth it in the end! Jane UK

kevin said...

Congratulations from both of us. Kelly told me how much work it goes into the certification.

Library Girl said...

Good for you! I tried and blew it so I know what it means to pass!! GREAT JOB! Your students and school are blessed to have you.

Miz S said...

A very big congratulations to you, FC. I have friends who have done it, and I know what a long, hard road it is.

  said...

Congratulations!

  said...

Congratulations!

(As I said just above.)

Sandcastle Momma said...

Congratulations! You've worked hard and really deserve this.

Howl away!!

TROLL said...

Congratulations. My guess is you just aren't a natural test-taker or you'd have passed it last time.

You're certainly a good Teacher.

Advisor said...

Congratulations! You deserve it!

Anonymous said...

Congratulations!

Patti

Rurality said...

Congrats! You're sending us all a present, right? :)

egretsnest said...

Congrats! That is HUGE! Woot!

kathy a. said...

hooray!

edifice rex said...

BIG Congratulations!!!

ImagineMel said...

woot woot! CONGRATULATIONS!! :)

robin andrea said...

Congratulations! That's wonderful news.

Anonymous said...

CONGRATULATIONS!! I know where there is a great bottle of wine made from Florida muscadine grapes here in Cincinnati .I may just celebrate with you .snicker snicker ;-} S T E B

Doug Taron said...

Congratulations! Thanks for sharing the news with all of us. Like they say about the Marines, "earned, never given."

cndymkr / jean said...

CONGRATULATIONS! Now go enjoy yourself.

Wren said...

Awesome! Congratulations

caroline said...

Hurray for you!

Congrats to Mrs. FC too, I have been on the spouse end of the Architectural Licensing exam, I know how much her support meant while you were preparing.

Caroline in South Dakota

elpbulls said...

Congrats Papa!!!
xoxox

crackercowlady said...

WOW! What a great achievement, FC.
Congratulations for being dedicated to your goal, such a super example to your students.(I must confess I'm one of those administrators, but one who lived in the classrooms after leaving my own. Today, I still volunteer at schools and at the wildlife park where I present Reading with Rocky animal programs monthly. Just can't stay away from teaching something new to anyone who will listen! LOL Again, Many Kudos to my favorite kind of teacher, one who is passionate and was born to teach. Keep up the good work with those lucky kids!

Aunty Belle said...

Hope ya recorded t hat howl at the moon!

FC, Sugar Pie, this is the mostest bestest news! A bushel basket of congratulations.

Those lucky kids--not enough fine teachers around. Bless ya fer being dedicated.

Ericka said...

yay!!!! congratulations! i'm so happy for you! i'll buy the first round. :-)

Hurricane Teen said...

Congratulations!!
I'm sure you're glad that's done and over with.

Laura said...

I am late, but I was afk from the keyboard most of this weekend, but I remember these posts for sure! CONGRATS!!!!! That is awesome news and WELL DESERVED!!!

Great to hear, FC!!!

Jen said...

Well deserved--congratulations! Hope you get a big raise in addition to the self-satisfaction.

bev said...

WooHoo!!! Congratulations! It certainly *is* well deserved!

Just the Right Size said...

Way to go FC! Go on with your bad self!!'

Congrats!!

Floridacracker said...

Wowsers! THANK YOU ALL!

I really appreciate the kind words. Believe it or not, I hadn't been back to Pure Florida since early Saturday morning, due to a weekend of construction work at both my kin's house and mine.

Just to answer a couple of questions from the many comments:

Yes, besides the honor of joining this select group, there is a payraise involved ... if the horrible budget situation doesn't wipe it out.

Although there was a test, it was a small component of what basically is a set of 4 massive writing portfolios regarding different aspects of teaching.

Yes, Caroline, Mrs. FC was very supportive when I was working on this and not doing my usual share of the workload around here. Good point.

I worked all day Saturday at my Brothernlaw's house ... unlike me, who does a room a year, he has gutted much of his house and bitten off more than he can chew, so I went down to trim his living room while he tore his kitchen apart.
Then I came home and worked until 11:00 on my living room, crashed until 7:00 am (late for me) and worked until 9:00 pm on the fireplace.

Result? Much closer to having the fireplace done, but not a single decent wildlife adventure on a spectacularly beautiful weekend.

Oh well, only two work days this week, so maybe I can make up for this faux pas.

Thanks again for the congrats!

Kimberlee said...

Well, I feel like I should get a tardy slip for my late comment, but I couldn't let this post pass without sending a big HURRAY your way! I have not attempted the National Board Certification, but I am very well aware of the UNBELIEVABLE amount of time and energy involved. So...on top of all the others...I humbly add my CONGRATULATIONS to the pile. I hope you have a happy and restful Thanksgiving week, especially with this wonderful accomplishment off your "to do" list! :)

LauraHinNJ said...

Congrats FC! I'd seen the good news the other day there in my sidebar... just getting here now to pat you on the back.

Will there be a raise, at least?

;-)

SophieMae said...

¡Felicitaciones, se├▒or! What a wonderful addition to your Thanksgiving thankful list! Truckload of brownie buttons coming your way. 8-]

And now I know what started all the neighbourhood dogs barking the other night. *heh*

billg8tr said...

Congrats man. Lifelong learning, what a concept. I wish more people would try it. Thanks for sharing and teaching.

Billy

NativeMom said...

That's quite an accomplishment. You are an example of the best of our Florida public school teachers!

BeeDancer said...

Sorry I'm a couple days late, but I have to add my congratulations...WTG PF!!!

S N B said...

I want to add my congratulations. As I have said, it was the hardest, most stressful thing I have ever done and I was thankful to have completed it a few years back. I am sorry that the legislature does not see the value in it for there will be no monetary assistance or reward for those of us due to renew our certificates.

Alan said...

Congratulations! That's great. :)

Paintsmh said...

Congratulations FC!! You are the greatest!

Floridacracker said...

Thanks second rounders!
SNB, That just aint right.

Jacki said...

Yay! Congrats, FC! If your students have learned half as much from you as I have, they are very lucky!