Anca Taus-Hummel wanted to be a teacher since she was in first grade, but the route she took to become Phoenix Union’s newest National Board Certified Teacher (NBCT) covered many years, miles, challenges and languages. The Maryvale English Teacher began her dream in Romania, and is living proof to her students that there are no limits to what education can accomplish.
The certification, considered the teaching profession’s highest honor, is presented by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards to teachers who demonstrate, through a performance assessment, that they meet the high and rigorous standards for what accomplished teachers should know and be able to do.
Taus-Hummel says it was a tremendous challenge, but challenges are nothing new to her. She was actively involved in the anti-communist revolution in 1989 in Romania, and became a political refugee, arriving in the United States in March of 1990. Fortunately, she had an education and a profession – two degrees from the University of Bucharest, and a career teaching English as a foreign language to native-speaking Germans in Romania. Taus-Hummel speaks English, German, Romanian, Hungarian, French and some Italian. Taus-Hummel came to Maryvale in 1991, and for the past 10 years has been teaching senior English.
“I decided to pursue the NBCT because I wanted a new challenge. Looking back, I realize that I am committed to higher academic achievements for disadvantaged youth,” Taus-Hummel said.
Taus-Hummel had a teacher in her past model for her.
“Since first grade my dream was to become a master teacher like my first grade teacher. Sometimes I see myself using the same sense of humor and understanding that she used to display in her classroom.”