A new National Board Certified teacher in Hamilton, Ohio, said the certification process reinforced her belief that effective teachers also are good learners. "I will never stop learning," said Tricia Paugstat, an elementary-school teacher. "There is always something I can do to make myself better in the classroom." After Paugstat earned national certification, her school celebrated "Tricia Paugstat Day," and students and staff wore green -- her favorite color.

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