Thinking back to her mistake during her solo in the song “Enter Sandman” by Metallica, junior Sheridan Amb remembers vomiting in the bathroom afterward as her nerves finally consumed her. After she played her song in front of the audience, she threw her guitar at her drummer, knowing the audience did not hear the mistake but still feeling embarrassed. “I’m one of those people who need to play perfect, and I messed up,” Amb said.
Logging on to the National Board Certification website, science teacher Joan Baltezore pushed the button and avoided the computer screen looking for a yes-or-no answer. To her relief, it was official; she was nationally certified after her third time applying. The National Board Certification is a national licenser committee that rigorously challenges teachers to prove they should be nationally recognized as a teacher in their subject.