Score release for National Board was this morning. We were instructed that scores should be ready by 12 noon CST. That's 1 p.m. for me. I was determined I wasn't going to look until tonight...after I picked up The Oldest from the bus station (she's home from college for Thanksgiving), had my Thirty-One party and had nothing else hanging over me for the day.
Alas, I woke up at 7 a.m. and couldn't stop thinking about it. I just had to check. So I logged in on my phone and saw the sweetest words I've never seen in my life:
CONGRATULATIONS YOU ARE A NATIONAL BOARD CERTIFIED TEACHER!
After two years of back-breaking work, tears, screaming, disappointment, elation, and every single emotion in between....I was beyond nervous about this. I knew I didn't have it in me to do this a third year in a row and prayed and prayed that I did well enough on my retake to certify. Recall I only needed 0.375th of a point to get enough to make the minimum of 275 for certification. I knew in my heart my retake was a million times better than my first attempt but I wouldn't let myself get cocky or overconfident. I learned nothing is guaranteed in this process.
I was really pleased to see that not only did I certify but I kicked Entry 1's retake behind by earning almost an entire POINT higher than my previous entry :)
What does this really mean? I'm TOTALLY going to the Teaching and Learning Conference in Washington DC in March. I've never been to DC and doubt very much I'll ever have a chance or reason to go again and I'm going. It's going to cost about $1500 total with travel, accommodations, the conference and sight seeing but I'm going no matter what. I deserve it and it will be awesome!
That said....I have to do something to celebrate this awesome-ness. And since I don't see you all in person....I'm gonna do a virtual flash sale for Thirty-One, good until tomorrow night. This month, if you spend $35 you can get a Medium Utility Tote for $7 (which is an awesome deal--I have 5 of my own now and use them all the time for teacher stuff!). I will add to this. Spend at least $35, get your discounted MUT and I will discount your order by 10% when I close out the party tomorrow night. You don't have to do anything extra. I don't get access to your card information or anything...I will simply change the amount you are charged to show 10% off.
Use this link to shop.
This will take you directly to the National Board Celebration party.
PLEASE take advantage of this sale. I really want to celebrate this accomplishment and this is the easiest way for me to do so. :)