The First Bite: Beginning the National Board Certification Process

A friend of mine uses the adage that states, “How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time.” Though I giggled when first hearing this advice, I’ve come to realize that when faced with daunting tasks, it is helpful advice. By starting with small, necessary tasks, I can move forward to conquer the seemingly impossible.

Eating an elephant one bite at a time was an appropriate adage when initially certifying for National Board Certification in Library Media and again during the renewal process. Both times, the process loomed before me like an elephant, obscuring my vision. However, taking small bites allowed me to eat the elephant!

Are you considering the National Board Certification process? You can eat this elephant! Just start with the first bite, which is discovering more information about the National Board of Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) and the National Board Certification (NBCT) process. Here are some small nibbles to take now before you continue eating!

Is your appetite whetted for more? Continue learning more about the certification process with these next bites!

Don’t allow the National Board Certification process to be an elephant to you. By starting with the small, necessary steps, you can successfully complete the process. One bite at a time, you will move from impossible to possible! 


Jennifer Siderius is the media specialist at New Market Elementary School in Frederick County, where she has worked for 10 years. Prior to that, she worked as both a high school media specialist in Ohio and an elementary media specialist in Kentucky. She has both certified and renewed her NBCT in Library Media K-12. She serves as a leader in her school by offering technology PL for staff but her favorite part of the job is teaching all of the students and watching them grow through the years!

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