Michigan National Board Certified Teachers Network Leaders
Tina Harma, President
I have been teaching in South Lyon Community Schools since 2000. I have taught first, third, and fourth graders and work with an extraordinary group of professionals. Currently, I am teaching third grade. My work experience includes teaching kindergarten in Detroit Public Schools, and business management in retail operations. My undergraduate degree is from Michigan State University in Merchandising Management and my graduate degree is from Wayne State University in Elementary Education with an Early Childhood Endorsement (ZA) and Social Science Endorsement (CX).
Last year, I presented my experience as a NBPTS renewal candidate at a workshop held at the Network of Michigan Educators Conference. I was thrilled to share my experiences and help others understand how to achieve their certification. I was also happy to share that I had achieved my recertification in the area of Generalist-Early Childhood Education!
While there are wonderful educators across our great state, the experience of digging into our own teaching practice and reflecting on our own work is invaluable. I hope that I may help other educators with this experience.
Cheryl Corpus, Vice President
Serving as an educator has been a joyous experience. Each day is filled with promise and opportunity and I am honored to work in the profession with students who will shape our future, colleagues who are dedicated, and leaders who are energizing. I have over a decade of classroom experience, been able to serve as an instructional coach, and develop professional learning opportunities for teachers. I certified as an English as a New Language Specialist in Early Adolescent- Young Adults with National Board in 2011 and have been grateful for the process ever since. It has made me dig deep into my instructional practice and understand the dynamic roles teachers play in and out of the classroom. My goals within the network are to support others on their journey to becoming National Board Certified and to develop collaborative opportunities for teachers to grow and reflect on their instructional practice in order to meet the educational needs of students.
Gina Wilson, Secretary
I'm a Nationally Board Certified Math Teacher at the Early College Alliance @ Eastern Michigan University in Ypsilanti, MI and a Michigan Educator Voice Fellow. While I was a doctoral candidate in chemical engineering at the University of Michigan I created engineering activities for middle school and high school girls through the Women In Engineering Program. I decided to leave the doctoral program and become a middle school math teacher. After teaching 6th grade for three years, I now teach and chair the math department at the Early College Alliance while working to improve math education and to elevate the teaching profession. I am extremely excited to be part of the MI NBCT Network and strongly believe Nationally Board Certified Teachers have the background to be teacher leaders and help shape education. My goals with the Network include reaching out to universities for collaboration opportunities and working to raise the awareness of National Board Certification with educators, families, and policy makers.
Tasha Candela, Treasurer & Social Media Coordinator
As an alumnus of Central Michigan University, I have many reasons to be proud of my education. In December 2005 I graduated cum laude with a major in Business Teacher Education, minor in English, and vocational certification in business services. I have always enjoyed school. Now that I am a 2012-13 National Board Certified Career and Technical Education teacher at Lake Shore High School with master’s degree in Educational Technology, I have a newfound understanding of the word exhausted. Nevertheless, I love what I do.
Currently, I teach web design courses and I am responsible for helping teachers integrate technology at the secondary level. I have presented technology tools for the classroom at local, regional, state, and national conferences. In addition, I am a regular columnist for Microsoft's blog titled, "What's Fresh." I have been in this dream profession for 9 years and every decision that I have made has been with my students' best interests in mind. I love technology, teaching, and touching lives. It is not enough to write that I love my career. Teaching is such a noble profession and I cherish every minute of it. My goals within the network are to expand communication and recognition of members through social media outlets. Becoming National Board Certified should be a celebrated moment, not only for a teacher, but for education as a whole.
Denise Walker, Past President
I retired after 17 years of teaching for Lansing School District. During my tenure I was an elementary classroom teacher as well as a building Title I Reading teacher. I became a NBCT in 2010 in Early and Middle Childhood/Literacy: Reading-Language Arts.
I love my profession and my state. I am grateful that I took the opportunity to improve my teaching practice by achieving National Board Certification and am dedicated to establishing systems that will help more teachers in my state elevate their own practice through this process.