Friday, July 31, 2015

EdcampNBCT Photos, Part 1

EdcampNBCT, held on July10 at Rock Quarry Middle School in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, was a phenomenal day of learning and connecting with one another. Here is a slide show of photos from the day. (To view photos, you need Flash.)

Remember that we will be hosting a formal conference on January 23, 2916 at Spain Park High School in Birmingham, Alabama. We would love for you to share your expertise. Registration is now open; proposals for presentations are open until September 12, 2015.

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Meet Your ALNBCT Network Board of Directors: Pamela Harman, Legislature & Partnership Liaison

Dr. Pamela Harman was the 2008 Alabama Teacher of the Year.  Dr. Harman holds a Doctorate in Teacher Leadership, a Masters in Geosciences from Mississippi State University, and a Bachelor degree in secondary education / Biology, Earth and Space Science from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. She has been teaching in the Hoover City School system for seventeen years. She is a former member of the US Marine Corps and a National Board Certified Teacher. She has presented across the nation on differentiated instruction and is published in the National Association of Geoscience Teachers Journal. Dr. Harman has been on the ALNBCT Network board since 2009. 

To view biographies of other board members, please select the Board of Directors tab at the top of the page.

Monday, July 20, 2015

Meet Your ALNBCT Network Board of Directors: Phil Wilson, Outreach: South Alabama

Phil R. Wilson the music teacher at Ogletree Elementary School in Auburn, Alabama, where he has taught for the past thirteen years. Prior to coming to Auburn, Phil taught at Thomasville High School in Thomasville, Georgia, where his duties included directing the chorus, assisting the band director, and directing literary activities.

Phil graduated from Troy (State) University in 2001 with a Bachelors of Music Education and went on to pursue his Masters of Music Education from Auburn University in 2007. In 2010, Phil became a National Board Certified Teacher in the area of Early and Middle Childhood Music. Phil currently serves at the 2010-2011 Alabama State Teacher of the Year.

Phil is a member of NAFME; The National Association for Music Education, the Alabama Music Education Association where he serves as President-Elect of the Elementary division, the Alabama Education Association, and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, Professional Music Fraternity of America. He also serves on the board of the Alabama National Board Certified Teachers Network.

Phil is a member of the Greater Peace Missionary Baptist Church where he sings in the choir, co-teaches the high school Sunday class, serves on the new members committee and participates in several other ministries.

Phil’s hobbies are reading, singing and spending time with family and friends.

To view biographies of other board members, please select the Board of Directors tab at the top of the page.

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Meet Your ALNBCT Network Board of Directors: Erica Williams, Outreach: Central Alabama

Erica J. Williams has earned local and statewide recognition for her lively contributions to the field of education over the past 10 years. A graduate of the Orlean Bullard Beason School of Education at Samford University in 2005, Erica certified in Early Childhood, Elementary, and Special Education. In 2009, she became National Board Certified as an Exceptional Needs Specialist. Erica returned to Samford and earned a master's degree in Educational Leadership in 2010. Erica has taught first grade, Special Education (grades 1-5), fourth grade, and third grade. She has also served as an assistant principal at a K-8 school. Erica founded Learning Little People, LLC in 2013 as a way to use her expertise in professional learning and to help Alabama's educators continue their learning in more meaningful and interesting ways. Although much of Erica's professional experience has been in the Birmingham City School District, through Learning Little People she has collaborated with and trained numerous leaders in education from districts all over Alabama

To view biographies of other board members, please select the Board of Directors tab at the top of the page.

Monday, July 13, 2015

Meet Your ALNBCT Network Board of Directors: Gay Barnes, Outreach: North Alabama

Gay F. Barnes is a first grade teacher at Horizon Elementary School in Madison, Alabama. She began her teaching career in 1987 as a multi-age classroom teacher and has since taught first, second, third and fourth grades as well as serving as a Reading Coach. Additionally, Gay has served as an adjunct professor at Alabama A&M University, Samford University, and the University of Alabama in Huntsville.

Gay graduated from Alabama A&M University in 2007 with a PhD in Literacy/Reading Education and holds both a Master of Arts and Education Specialist degree in Elementary Education from the University of Alabama at Birmingham and a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Alabama in Huntsville. In 2001, Gay became a National Board Certified Teacher as an Early Childhood Generalist and renewed her certification in 2010. Gay served as the 2012 Alabama Teacher of the year and was selected as a 2012 National Teacher of the Year Finalist.

Gay also serves as a consultant and speaker about literacy, early childhood education, and the value and impact of educators.

To view biographies of other board members, please select the Board of Directors tab at the top of the page.

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Friday, July 10, 2015

2016 Alabama NBCT Conference Presentation Proposals Now Being Accepted

We are deep in preparations for the 2016 Alabama NBCT Network Conference.  The conference will take place on Saturday, January 23, 2016, at Spain Park High School in Birmingham, Alabama.  The theme of the conference is Cultivating Relationships One Life at a Time.  

We are excited to welcome Jeff Charbonneau, 2013 National Teacher of the Year and fellow NBCT, as our keynote.  

However, this conference is not a success without your participation.  If you would like to submit a proposal for a breakout session presentation, please fill out the Presentation Proposal Form. Proposals are due no later than Saturday, September 12, 2015. The primary presenter must currently hold National Board certification. We prefer co-presenters to also be NBCTs, but this is not required.
Presenters and copresenters will be asked to pay the $50 registration fee and the $25 annual membership fee.

Registration is available at  You may pay with any major credit card.  There is an option on Eventbrite to submit a check for payment on the day of the event.  

We look forward to seeing your attendance at the 2016 Alabama NBCT Conference.

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Meet Your ALNBCT Network Board of Directors: Angie Kelley, Historian

Angie Kelley is the historian for the ALNBCT Network.  She is a 7th grade-reading teacher from White Plains Middle School in Calhoun County.  She received a B.S. degree in Early Childhood/Elementary Education from Jacksonville State University, a M.S. degree and Ed.S degree in Elementary Education from the University of Alabama.  She has taught for over 20 years and is a National Board certified teacher.  She was the 2014 Technology Teacher of the Year for the Calhoun County school system and was also member of the 2013 LearnZillion dream team of teachers.

To view biographies of other board members, please select the Board of Directors tab at the top of the page.

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

ALNBCT Network Board Open Position: Treasurer

The treasurer's position for the Alabama NBCT Network Board is now open. Our bylaws read, "The Treasurer shall (1) collect and keep an account of all money received and expended for the use of Alabama NBCT Network; (2) shall make reports of the finances to the Board; (3) shall in general perform all duties incident to the officer of treasurer as required by the Board." We are in search of someone that is highly organized, responsible, works well with others, and has a background in managing money.  He/she must also be dedicated to advocating for National Board Certification.

According to our bylaws, all officers must hold a current National Board certification. All board members need to commit to attending each of the board meetings. Typically, we have eight board meetings a year. These meetings usually occur on a Saturday morning in Birmingham and last for about an hour. Board members also need to commit to attending the annual conference and all other events, such as Alabama Hill Day and EdcampNBCT.

Please respond with your interest by clicking on the link below no later than Friday, July 24, 2015. Once all applications have been received, you will be scheduled an interview with the board. Thank you for your interest!

Monday, July 6, 2015

Meet Your ALNBCT Network Board of Directors: Mary Davis, Secretary

Mary P. Davis is a passionate educator devoted to student engagement in their learning journey. She began her career as a Physical Education Teacher in the cornfields of Illinois. She took a graduate teaching assistantship at Auburn University to work on her masters in education with an emphasis in Exercise Physiology. After Auburn, she worked at UAB and later directed the cardiac rehabilitation program at Brookwood Medical Center for 9 years. With the realization that teaching was in her heart, she added a master’s certificate in special education to her resume. Since then her attitude to learn more to help students has led her to an Ed.S. in Teacher Leadership and a master’s degree in Administration. Her quest to reach the gold standard of teaching became a reality in 2002 when she became a National Board Certified Exceptional Needs Specialist and when she renewed her certificate in 2011. She has focused her career on learning how to reach students with a variety of reading interferences. She collaborated with colleagues to design a parent-school reading program and published an article on the program. Finally, she has worked with students at risk for 22 years in both suburban and urban settings.

To view biographies of other board members, please select the Board of Directors tab at the top of the page.

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Alabama NBCT Network Remembers Dr. Ron Thorpe

Dr. Ronald Thorpe, president and CEO of National Board of Professional Teaching Standards, passed away on Wednesday, July 1, 2015, after a battle with cancer.  

Dr. Thorpe is hailed as a visionary for his work in elevating the ranks of teachers.  His goal was to make certification the norm for every teacher.  In Alabama, we have been working hard to achieve that goal.  In 2013, Dr. Thorpe joined us for our annual Alabama NBCT Network Conference.  He shared that goal with us which has become the driving force for our network.

This year's EdcampNBCT will be dedicated to the memory of Dr. Thorpe.  In preparing for our EdcampNBCT, we were told, "Ron said it would be frivolous to speak of him when we have so much work to do! He would also love the tributes."  

To read the official press release of Dr. Thorpe's passing, please visit  A memorial website has been established at

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Only a Few Days Until EdcampNBCT

We are wrapping up the final details for EdcampNBCT which is sure to be a powerful day of professional growth. We wanted to take this time to discuss some of the logistics of the day so that you can get the most out of your day.
  • EdcampNBCT registration/check-in will be at 8:30 am. The Opening Session will begin promptly at 9:00 am.
  • Edcamp is being held at Rock Quarry Middle School, 2100 Rock Quarry Drive, Tuscaloosa, AL 35406. Look for the EdcampNBCT signs and banners to direct your way.
  • Don't worry about needing to stop for breakfast on your way into Edcamp. We will have Chick-fil-A breakfast and coffee waiting for you here. A delicious taco-nacho bar from Taco Mama will be our lunch followed with Steel City Pops for dessert.
  • Please bring your devices. We will have internet access available for you to connect with other participants, both onsite and virtually, through Twitter, Instagram, Google+, or Facebook.
  • When tweeting or posting on Instagram, please add the hashtag #EdcampNBCT to share the amazing thoughts, ideas, and tools you learn during the day.
  • Edcamp is participant driven day of learning. Bring all your great ideas to share with others, questions you'd liike answers to, and an open-mind for new thoughts. 
In preparation for our great day of learning, we are hosting a Twitter chat on the topic of "ways we can grow professionally." We'll be using #EdcampNBCT. Whether you are a Twitter pro, novice, or observer, we invite you to join us July 6th at 7:00 pm Central.

We know many of you will be in town on July 9th. You are all invited to meet us at Five Restaurant (2324 6th Street, Tuscaloosa, Alabama 35401) at 6:30 pm on Thurday evening for snacks, dinner and a chance to get to know one another. If you are able to attend, please complete this short registration form:

We are currently sold out with a waiting list. If you wish to add your name to the waiting list, please register at If you are unable to attend, please log into Eventbrite and cancel your ticket so that someone else can attend in your place. If you have difficulty cancelling your ticket, please email us at

We look forward to seeing you soon! 

P.S. Be sure to stay connected with us:
Twitter and Instagram: @alnbctnetwork
Alabama NBCT Network Facebook page

See you July 10th!  

Hosted by Alabama NBCT Network
Friday, July 10, 2015 from 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM (CDT)
Rock Quarry Middle School, 2100 Rock Quarry Drive, Tuscaloosa, AL 35406  |  Directions

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Meet Your ALNBCT Network Board of Directors: Amy Murphy, Treasurer

Dr. Amy Fowler Murphy currently serves as the Chemistry Education Specialist with the Alabama Math, Science, and Technology Initiative (AMSTI) at the University of Montevallo. Prior to her role with this program, Dr. Murphy taught high school chemistry at Spain Park High School in Hoover City Schools and Ensley High School in Birmingham City Schools. Dr. Murphy earned National Board Certification in 2006 and completed her Doctorate of Education in Curriculum and Instruction in 2012. The focus of her dissertation research was sustaining inquiry-based methods of teaching and learning in science classrooms. Dr. Murphy has designed and facilitated numerous professional learning opportunities for teachers at the local, state, and national level, and contributed a chapter to the recently published The Go-To Guide for Engineering Curricula, Grades 9-12: Choosing and Using the Best Instructional Materials for Your Students based on her work with the Active Chemistry curriculum. Dr. Murphy currently resides in Leeds with her husband, Eric, and her two dogs, Bear and Coco.

To view biographies of other board members, please select the Board of Directors tab at the top of the page.