Johnstown educators Katrina Bevington and Melissa Livingstone recently joined the ranks of a small percentage of the nation’s teachers earning National Board Certification, a rigorous process taking from one to five years.
Mrs. Bevington and Mrs. Livingstone are both currently assigned to Johnstown’s Pleasant Avenue Elementary School. Bevington, who earned certification in the area of “Exceptional Needs Specialist/Early Childhood through Young Adulthood,” is a special education teacher. Livingstone, who earned certification in the area of “Generalist/Early Childhood,” has taught various elementary levels in the District and is presently a kindergarten teacher.
Family members accompanied the pair to the February 8, 2018 Board of Education meeting, where they were recognized and applauded for completing the exhausting certification process.
In addition to Bevington and Livingstone, the advanced National Board Certified Teacher credential is held by JHS school counselor Christina Carlson, who earned the designation in 2014, together with elementary teacher Ellen Roehl and social studies teachers Anne Bagot and Sean Russo, who completed the process in 2016. JTA President Nancy Lisicki noted that “Johnstown has some distinguished educators! It is pretty impressive for a small district!”