I pursued board certification as a way to obtain some certainty as to my teaching. I was tired of the emotional roller coaster of self-doubt. In the process I realized the depth of my knowledge and also the next steps in my journey as a teacher. What I didn't realize was that becoming certified changes you.
I am a significantly more powerful teacher, colleague, and advocate for children. My identity changed and I no longer allow myself to wallow in self-doubt. Now I know that every part of my practice involves thought and reason. If a lesson fails I simply figure out why. If a student struggles I find out why. It is no longer sufficient to say, "I can't." I tell people that, in its simplicity, board certification means you are a teacher that doesn't give up on students!
I see myself as a leader and advocate. I speak up when I have to and support when I need to, not because I am better, but because this process made it clear to me that we are in this together and we ARE the experts! If we don't speak up, who will?