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Nancy Fancyboy

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Nancy was born and raised in White County, Arkansas, where her family roots go back to the late 1800's. She comes from a long line of educators--her mother, sister, and two sisters-in-law were/are teachers, and her father and two brothers were local school board members. "School talk" runs rampant at family get-togethers! Nancy earned her BSE from the University of Central Arkansas in 1988. The day after she graduated in August, she began her first job at Cross County School District. Three years later, Nancy moved 4,000 miles away to the last frontier, Alaska. She taught in a rural (think "Flying Wild Alaska,") Eskimo village. She met her husband, George, there and taught for 9 years. They have two children, Mary Alice and Charlie.

The Fancyboys decided to move to Arkansas in 2000. The following year, Nancy went to teach at White County Central School District, a wonderful little district north of Searcy. After spending four years there, the commute and increasing number of activities Mary Alice and Charlie were involved in led her back to her alma mater, Beebe School District, where she has been ever since. Nancy has taught kindergarten, 1st, 3rd, and 6th grades and supervised a federally-funded reading program. Her experience totals 22 years, and she is currently working on two Master's degrees: Reading and Educational Leadership.

Nancy achieved her National Board Certification in 2007 and has striven to encourage others to follow the same course. She sees National Board Certification as a way to influence state and local education policy-making. Nancy's desire is that school districts in Arkansas are encouraged by the state to include NBCTs on all policy-making committees and that all districts recognize the importance of NBCTs in the classroom and their influence on student achievement.

What Nancy would most like to see is for NBCTs to step forward in their schools and make their voices heard on behalf of their students and their colleagues. She also feels NBCTs have an obligation to 'pay it forward,' and should eagerly help candidates achieve. One of the proudest facts of Nancy's attainment of National Board Certification is that her brother, David Choate, was one of the co-sponsors of the legislation that funded the original National Board law in Arkansas.

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