43 LWSD teachers achieve, renew National Board Certification

The National Board for Professional Teaching Standards is the highest certification a teacher can achieve.

Forty-three Lake Washington School District (LWSD) teachers have achieved or renewed their National Board certification, as announced by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS).

Twenty-four teachers were certified for the first time and 19 teachers renewed their certification this year; certifications must be renewed every 10 years. Teachers from around the district completed the process and will be recognized at a future school board meeting in 2019.

According to NBPTS, 336 teachers working in LWSD schools have earned their certification. National Board certification is considered the highest professional credential a teacher can obtain.

“National Board certification represents a strong commitment to pursuing a high standard of excellence as an education professional.” Dr. Jane Stavem, LWSD superintendent, said in a release. “We know that excellent teaching is the No. 1 factor in ensuring student success and we’re proud to have so many teachers in Lake Washington who have achieved this national recognition.”

Certification is a one- to five-year process that includes taking an assessment and assembling three portfolios. According to the NBPTS, completing the certification shows that each teacher knows and practices “the definitive standards of accomplished teaching.”

Numbers released by NBPTS show the state of Washington is third overall in the number of National Board certified teachers in the country at 10,859.

Each teacher achieves certification in a subject area and age range.

The new National Board certified teachers in Redmond are:

Audubon Elementary School

Whitney Clarkin – reading-language arts/early and middle childhood

Baker Elementary School

Susan Hodges – English as a new language/early and middle childhood

Mann Elementary School

Sara Rigby – generalist/middle childhood

Redmond High School

Sharon Curry – mathematics/adolescence and young adulthood

Alison Kairis – world languages/early adolescence through young adulthood

Rosa Parks School

Jennifer McCreary – generalist/middle childhood

Rush Elementary School

Alexandra Dompier – generalist/middle childhood

Erica Nation – generalist/middle childhood

Teachers renewing their NBCT status are in Redmond:


Redmond High School

Kathryn Badger – English language arts/adolescence and young adulthood

Resource Center (administrative)

Lee Ann Jackson – generalist/middle childhood

Wendy Robards – mathematics/early adolescence

Richard Snyder – library media/early childhood through young adulthood

Rose Hill Middle School

Thomas Charouhas – science/early adolescence

Jason Ewert – science/early adolescence

Willows (administrative)

Staci Allen – Exceptionalneeds specialist/early childhood through young adulthood

For more information about the NBPTS, visit www.nbpts.org.