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by Jennifer Sinotte

January 10, 2005

When the stress of the final National Board for Professional Teaching Standards exam was over, I released an instant sigh of relief. I knew at that point there was nothing more I could do. It was comforting to know that, because the results would not be released until November, I had a few months to put the Boards behind me.

During the next seven months, I would get a pain in my stomach every once in a while, when I thought about the National Boards or when someone mentioned them. That would go away quickly though and I'd continue with my daily routine. It wasn't until the start of this school year that I really started to get nervous.

As I continued to use in my classroom the knowledge I had acquired during the whole process, I would check the NBPTS Web site every once in a while to see if the scores had been released. Finally, when I checked the site on the 18th of November, it stated that our scores would be released on the 19th. In my mind, I screamed, "That's Tomorrow!!!"

Needless to say, I didn't get any sleep that night. When I checked first thing the next morning, I learned the scores were being posted at 9:00 a.m. I couldn't help but notice that that was during school hours. Could I wait until I got home that night or would curiosity get the best of me? Of course, it did, and I checked my scores at 9:15. I can't explain how I felt before I found out; it was like a pack of wild butterflies were attacking my stomach.

I started to cry when the screen on my computer flashed, "Congratulations! You are a National Board Certified Teacher!" All my hard work had paid off. It was one of the best feelings I have ever had.

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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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