Teacher Megan Mercier Earns National Board Certification
photo of Megan Mercier teaching math class

Megan Mercier, mathematics teacher at Hazen Union School, recently earned National Board Certification in Early Adolescence Mathematics. Recognized as the gold standard in teacher certification, the National Board believes higher standards for teachers means better learning for students. National Board Certification provides numerous benefits to teachers, students, and schools. It was designed to develop, retain, and recognize accomplished teachers and to generate ongoing improvement in schools nationwide.

Upon hearing the news, Principal Jason DiGiulio commented, “This accomplishment reflects Mrs. Mercier's dedication to excellence in education and her commitment to providing an exceptional learning experience for our students. Her hard work, expertise, and passion for teaching contribute significantly to the growth and success of the Hazen community.”

When asked about the recognition, Mercier stated, "After completing my master’s degree with the Vermont Mathematics Initiative, I was ready for another way to challenge myself to become a better teacher. With the encouragement from colleagues, I started the NBCT process in 2019. The pandemic threw a wrench that delayed things a bit, but with lots of patience, persistence, hours, and guidance from mentors, it finally came together. I am thrilled to join the ranks of my esteemed colleagues, Kelly Robinson, Joel Heller and Marc Considine."

Mercier has been teaching for 10 years and teaching mathematics at Hazen Union School for the last five years.

Established in 1987, the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards in an independent, nonprofit organization working to advance accomplished teaching for all students. The founding mission of the National Board is to advance the quality of teaching and learning by:

  • Maintaining high and rigorous standards for what accomplished teachers should know and be able to do;
  • Providing a national voluntary system certifying teachers who meet these standards;
  • Advocating related education reforms to integrate National Board Certification in American education and to capitalize on the expertise of National Board Certified Teachers.