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
Staci Allen – Exceptionalneeds specialist/early childhood through young adulthood
For more information about the NBPTS, visit www.nbpts.org.