Claudia Swisher, NBCT

After 39 years in the classroom, Claudia Swisher, NBCT (renewed) retired from the public schools in 2013. She stays active in advocacy for Oklahoma schools, as an adjunct faculty member for Oklahoma State University and working with pre-service teachers. She is also a trainer and regional coordinator in the Oklahoma National Board Network. During her career, she taught in three states, in seven schools and three universities. A fourth generation teacher, she taught students at every level from K-12 as a classroom teacher, a school media specialist, a special education resource teacher, a Title I reading teacher and remedial reading teacher, and as a secondary English teacher. She also developed an English elective, Reading for Pleasure, and was given the privilege to sit quietly with students and read. A recipient of myriad honors, Claudia holds an honorary PhD from Grinnell College, for which she was nominated by a former student. Claudia and her husband have been married for 52 years, and have two children (one of whom is a fifth generation teacher!) and four granddaughters.

Students Deserve Accomplished Teachers

August 22, 2018

This post originally appeared on Claudia Swisher’s blog. I love students… I’ve often told my classes that my mission in life is to show the world how brilliant they are. I saw this brilliance on display last week, and I was reminded of the humble joy it is to spend time with young people in the classroom. "Every student deserves an accomplished teacher." That statement reflects on the bedrock values of the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, and the Five Core Propositions of accomplished teaching. Everything starts with these Core Propositions. Teachers are committed to their students. Teachers know…

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