Crescent librarian Alison Rhorer meets elite national standard

Deidre Cruse

Crescent School librarian Alison Rhorer was recognized Monday for meeting the national Board of Professional Teaching Standards certification requirements.

At the Iberville Parish School Board meeting, Superintendent P. Edward Cancienne Jr. congratulated Rhorer on the honor, and for operating a “very active, vibrant library.” The national certification gives Rhorer the option of playing an active role in the future of education, he said.

Janet Marionneaux, director of personnel, curriculum and instruction, said that the fact that students have to line up to get into the library is evidence that Rhorer does an excellent job.

The award comes with a $5,000 stipend from the state starting next school year and with an extra $1,000 from the parish, Marionneaux said.

Rhorer is the third Iberville Parish School teacher to achieve the national standard while working here. Tracy Cox of Iberville Elemetnary School and Donna Marino of East Iberville Elementary and High School previously earned the honor. Another nationally certified teacher, Emily Weathers, was hired away from the East Baton  Rouge Parish school system for the Math, Science and Arts Academy-West this school year, according to Marionneaux.

The national board is an independent nonprofit and nonpartisan organization that created a system of advanced certification for teachers. Enrollment in the program is voluntary.