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Three NOLA-PS Educators Recognized for National Certification Achievement by the State

(New Orleans – March 09, 2023) Three NOLA Public Schools (NOLA-PS) teachers have achieved National Board Teacher Certification (NBCT) with 41 educators from NOLA-PS and across Louisiana successfully accomplishing the maintenance of certification process.

Congratulations to the following educators:

Susan Kessler- KIPP Morial Primary - located in School District 1

Rachel Becker - Benjamin Franklin High School - located in School District 3

Christine Bornhorst – InspireNOLA's 42 Charter School - located in School District 7

"We are honored to have such dedicated educators who go above and beyond every day and have voluntarily chosen to take their skills to another level to impact student achievement.," said NOLA-PS Superintendent Dr. Avis Williams. "Kudos to them and our other teachers who have maintained this prestigious certification."

The district's teachers are among 133,444 teachers who have achieved their NBCT and teach at the highest standards in the profession and impact culture and learning for vast numbers of students, schools, and communities.

Showing their deep commitment to student learning and the teaching profession. These accomplished National Board Certified Teachers will be recognized March 8, 2023 by the Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE) in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, joining a total of 1,957 teachers achieving National Board Certification in Louisiana demonstrating their passion for students and a commitment to impact teaching and learning in education.

In addition, Governor John Bel Edwards proclaimed March 8th as "Louisiana National Board Certified Teacher Day".

Study after Study has proven that the students of Board-certified teachers learn more — and the impact is greater for low-income students ( Every child should have the opportunity to learn from an accomplished teacher.

It is with great pride, NOLA-PS celebrates these teachers along with more than 2,814 teachers who became National Board Certified Teachers (NBCTs) and 8,064 teachers maintaining their certification in the 2021-2022 school year.

"After almost three years of navigating virtual learning, returning to classrooms, and the many other obstacles that have been thrown in the way of teachers, I am so inspired by the resilience and ingenuity of our teaching community. I am proud to be an NBCT, and to be among this incredible cohort of teachers who work tirelessly, day in and day out, to amplify the brilliance of their students. We thank you all for being leaders in your schools and communities and recognize all the work you do to better our education system and the teaching profession," said Peggy Brookins, NBCT, president and CEO of the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards.

For more information about Board certification, contact Dr. Dolores Cormier-Zenon, NBCT at

For more information about the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, contact Laura Benedetto, Director of Engagement and Mobilization at


About NOLA Public Schools: NOLA Public Schools (NOLA-PS) is the public school district for Orleans Parish. It includes the district's administration and elected school board, known as the Orleans Parish School Board (OPSB). NOLA-PS currently oversees 72 public schools and is led by Superintendent Dr. Avis Williams, the first woman in the District's 181 years to serve as its permanent superintendent.

For more information, visit For updates, follow NOLA Public Schools on Facebook @NOLAPublicSchools, Instagram @nolaps and Twitter @NOLAPSchools. 

About the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards ( The founding mission of the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards is to advance the quality of teaching and learning by: (1) maintaining high and rigorous standards for what accomplished teachers should know and be able to do; (2) providing a national voluntary system certifying teachers who meet these standards; and (3) advocating related education reforms to integrate National Board Certification in American education and to capitalize on the expertise of National Board Certified Teachers. Recognized as the "gold standard" in teacher certification, the National Board believes higher standards for teachers means better learning for students.

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