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NBCNY's Featured NBCT

 Laura Rosner's Why... 

My two sisters and I grew up on the Eastern End of Long Island in a small,

close knit community. We went to school with our friends and neighbors

and knew most of our teachers both inside and outside of the classroom.

With that being said, when I was diagnosed with a rare, blinding eye

disease in fifth grade, it was not a secret. After numerous appointments

with eye doctors across Long Island and a visit with a specialist in New York

City, my parents learned that I had Stargardt's Disease and that there was

no cure for this juvenile form of macular degeneration. The diagnosis was

difficult to understand as the doctors explained that little was known

about the condition.

 

I share this because my blinding eye condition is my “why” for teaching and for pursuing my National Board Certification. As a student, I faced many obstacles and challenges that I needed to overcome. These challenges changed in nature as I progressed from middle to high school and then undergraduate to graduate programs but they all, in conjunction with the support of my family, helped me grow into the independent, educated, empathetic teacher I am today. As a student with a disability, I saw first hand how imperative it was for teachers to understand learners with diverse needs.

 

I started my teaching career through the Teaching Fellows program at P.S. 212 in Jackson Heights, Queens as a special education teacher in a special class setting. I worked with a variety of different learners with varying abilities and needs. I currently teach at an elementary

school on the Eastern End of Long Island where I am a teacher in the integrated co-teaching setting. My own personal and unique experiences help me to understand how essential it is to ensure that all students get the support and education they need.

 

In my sixth year of teaching, a colleague suggested that we attend an information session and consider pursuing National Board Certification. Although I was hesitant to begin the process I knew that in the long run it would be well worth it. Growing as a professional and reflecting on my practice would help improve my effectiveness in the classroom. I successfully obtained my certification and have since successfully completed the Maintenance of Certification process for the first time last year.

 

I now have a family of my own and am a mom of two young boys. They keep me busy and full of laughter. I hope that my life experiences help them learn the importance of being empathetic and kind towards others. The support of my husband, sisters and parents have helped me continually accomplish any goal I set for myself.

 

My own personal experience as a teacher with a disability in conjunction with my graduate work and National Board Certification have helped me effectively advocate for and educate students with diverse needs. I am honored to be chosen as NBCNY's Featured NBCT!

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