Noraa Ransey, NBCT

Noraa Ransey achieved National Board Certification in Literacy: Reading-Language Arts/Early and Middle Childhood and presently teaches literacy at the elementary level in Calloway County Schools, Kentucky. As a National Association for Multicultural Education (NAME) Minority Teacher Mentor, she works with educators pursuing National Board Certification and with the Kentucky Education Association where she recruits teachers of color and mentors them from the first year of teaching and beyond. She has also worked extensively with the National Education Association (NEA) cohort to mentor aspiring educators taking the Praxis examination and with the organization's diversity initiative where she has created modules on diversity for classroom implementation. She presently serves as Kentucky’s Ethnic Minority Director and a Mentor of Aspiring Educators of Color with the National Education Association. Noraa has served on the Kentucky NBCT Network Board where she chaired the organization’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee and was a member of the Advisory Board for Murray State University. In 2020, Noraa was named Kentucky Education Association Teacher of the Year.

Why do I Still Choose to Teach?

May 8, 2023

By: Noraa Ransey, NBCT My why is simple: the kids of Kentucky deserve a voice! “A child’s life is like a piece of paper on which every person leaves a mark.” This Chinese proverb was most apparent during the pandemic. We became all hands on deck, and every stakeholder stepped up to do what it took to meet the needs of our students. I rode with teachers and community members who brought food to the kids’ neighborhood. I saw farmers put up wifi stations for families to have access to the internet and learn online. Staff showed up every day,…

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