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Exceptional Ed Teacher Dena DeChellis Awarded NBCT Scholarship

Dena DeChellis

May 12, 2022
Jason Gaston

HTHS - Hewitt-Trussville High School (HTHS) Exceptional Education teacher Mrs. Dena DeChellis was recently selected to receive a National Board Scholarship for the upcoming 2022-2023 School Year. This scholarship allows DeChellis to commence the steps to become a National Board-Certified Teacher (NBCT) through the National Board of Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS). Attaining NBCT status remains one of the highest and most respected certifications an educator can attain. 

“It feels amazing to be selected for the scholarship.  I am proud to work at HTHS and that I have earned this opportunity to grow in my career.  I am honored to represent HTHS during the NBCT process,” DeChellis said.

This scholarship opportunity came about through the Alabama Chapter of National Board Certified Teachers, a group that only awards a handful of such scholarships each year.

National Board Certification provides numerous benefits to teachers, students, and schools. The process was designed to develop, retain, and recognize accomplished teachers and to generate ongoing improvement in schools nationwide, according to NBPTS.

“The NBCT status will give me an opportunity to become a better educator in this ever-changing world.  I think that post-Covid we are seeing new struggles and I hope that this opportunity will allow me to collaborate with colleagues all over the state and find new ways to reach struggling students.  I will use this process to reflect on my current teaching in order to become an overall better educator,” DeChellis added. 

DeChellis, who moved to Alabama in 2020 from Pennsylvania, will engage in a thorough process to attain NBCT status.  She must demonstrate advanced knowledge, skills, and practice in her individual certificate area by completing four components: three portfolio entries and a computer-based assessment. 

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