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Two Solvay UFSD Teachers Named “National Board Certified Teachers”

Two teachers from the Solvay Union Free School District were recently named National Board Certified Teachers – one of the most esteemed credentials in the nation for teachers. Richard Gratien and Amanda Phillips both received this honor for excellence in teaching.

In order to become a National Board Certified Teacher, teachers must past a rigorous certification process. The process includes a demonstration of their advanced knowledge, skills, and practices through the completion of three portfolio entries and a computer-based assessment. A total of 118 teachers across New York State were named National Board Certified Teachers, with ten of these teachers from the Central New York region.

“Even in a teaching force as highly skilled as New York’s, these teachers deserve praise for what they have accomplished,” said NYSUT President Andy Pallotta. “They have voluntarily embraced a real challenge — proving to an independent board that they have mastered the ‘art of teaching.’ They are our newest standard-bearers for the profession and ambassadors for teaching excellence. Everyone at NYSUT congratulates them on this achievement.”

Congratulations to Richard and Amanda on this great accomplishment!  Thank you for showing us another example of what makes Solvay special.




Solvay Union Free School District
Jay Tinklepaugh, Superintendent
PO Box 980
299 Bury Drive
Syracuse, New York 13209
Phone: (315) 468-1111

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