Colleen McDonald, NBCT

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Colleen McDonald is a native of New York.  During her 32-year career as a NYS public educator, Colleen has worked as a special education teacher, administrator, and English teacher. After achieving National Board Certification, Colleen served as a classroom teacher, department chairperson, grant writer, and candidate support provider, as well as working with the Greater Capital Region Teacher Center on projects related to professional development. Colleen is also a member of the NYS Professional Standards and Practices Board as well as the NYS Commissioner’s Advisory Council. During her last two years in public education, she served as a Teacher on Special Assignment to be the New York State SEED grant Site Director, co-director of the National Board Council of New York and program manager for an NEA Great Public Schools Grant. Recently retired, she continues that work.
Caring. Reflection. Accomplished Practice in Life.
Colleen McDonald, NBCTNovember 29, 2016

This past June, I retired.  As a 32-year educator, a National Board Certified Teacher (NBCT) achieved and renewed; I knew this was going to be an interesting adventure.    And what have I discovered? My identity hasn’t changed. I still strive to be “accomplished” in what I do, by being analytic and reflective. Collaborative. By inviting critical feedback and feeding the need to learn. I continue to seek community. So while I have put down my chalk, grade book and building ID, what has become focused, without the hectic bustle of school, is how the thinking of accomplished practice resonates…

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