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Was It Worth It?
by Jennifer Sinotte

Jennifer Sinotte is working toward National Board Certification as an Exceptional Needs Specialist / Early Childhood Through Young Adulthood.

February 23, 2004

I feel better knowing that the National Board has received my portfolios. I sent the box (insured!) by overnight mail. I'd advise anyone who is thinking about starting the process or who is going through it right now, to pay the extra money and send it by express mail. You can track your package on the Internet and find out exactly what time it was received and who signed for it.

Now that that portion of the process is done, I'm starting to prepare for the assessment center testing. I have one month to gather material and study the six topics I'll be tested on. Once again, the thought of a timed test makes me nervous. But at least when it's all over, I can get back to my normal life -- or to what I call normal! Who knows, maybe I'll look back on this past year and say it was all worth it? I'll let you know in November.

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Meet Jennifer Sinotte

Jennifer Sinotte received her bachelor's degree in elementary education from Franklin Pierce College in May 1992, and her master's degree in special education from Providence College in May of 1998. Jennifer has spent her teaching career at Bradford Elementary School in Westerly, Rhode Island. For the first two years of her career, she was a resource teacher for grades four and five. For the past four years, Jennifer taught in a primary self-contained classroom, and recently switched to full-day kindergarten.

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