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National Board Certification in Arizona


Arizona's Corps of Accomplished Teachers Grows
This past December, more than 4,000 teachers nationwide learned the exciting news that they have achieved National Board Certification, demonstrating the knowledge and skills necessary to successfully prepare students for 21st century careers. To date, more than 106,000 teachers in all 50 states and the District of Columbia have achieved the profession’s highest mark of accomplishment through a rigorous, performance-based, peer-review process. Arizona added 122 National Board Certified teachers (NBCT) to a total of 1,078. Congratulations to the AEA members listed below for achieving National Board Certification in 2013:

Rachelle Anderson  SCOTTSDALE UNIF SCH DIST
Cinthia Andrew  HIGLEY UNIFIED SCHOOL DIST
Mary Bauer  PARADISE VALLEY UNIF SD
Shara Billings  CHANDLER UNIF SCHOOL DIST
Jill Bond  TUCSON UNIFIED SCHOOL DIST
Leigh Bondrole  DEER VALLEY UNIFIED SD
Laureen Brewer  HIGLEY UNIFIED SCHOOL DIST
Gayle Brickert-Albrecht  TUCSON UNIFIED SCHOOL DIST
Katherine Brown  DEER VALLEY UNIFIED SD
Michael Capizzi  AMPHITHEATER SCHOOL DIST
Shannon Carmichael  MARANA UNIFIED SCHOOL DIST
Lianna Castillo  SUNNYSIDE UNIFIED SCH DIST
Amy Corner  MARANA UNIFIED SCHOOL DIST
Carrie Deahl  PHOENIX UNION HIGH SD
Tammy Dias  SCOTTSDALE UNIF SCH DIST
Joyce Donaldson  PHOENIX UNION HIGH SD
Brianne Lynn Dumais  AMPHITHEATER SCHOOL DIST
Kathleen Eichhorst  TUCSON UNIFIED SCHOOL DIST
Lisa Elliott  ALHAMBRA ELEM SCHOOL DIST
Deborah Garrett  SIERRA VISTA UNIF SCH DIST
Nicole Glasgow  PHOENIX ELEM SCHOOL DIST
Pamela Graham  PARADISE VALLEY UNIF SD
Shawna Guarino  PARADISE VALLEY UNIF SD
Carrie Hill  LIBERTY ELEM SCHOOL DIST
Deanna Jergenson  DEER VALLEY UNIFIED SD
Niki Karandreas  PHOENIX UNION HIGH SD
Susan Leonard  SCOTTSDALE UNIF SCH DIST
Lisa Lewandowski  HIGLEY UNIFIED SCHOOL DIST
Linda Marlowe  ISAAC ELEM SCHOOL DISTRICT
Katherine Martinez  LITTLETON ELEM SCHOOL DIST
Joanna Mena  MADISON ELEM SCHOOL DIST
Kristina Morelli  LAKE HAVASU UNIFIED SCH DIST
Mary Morris  DYSART UNIFIED SCHOOL DIST
Angela Mullen  PARADISE VALLEY UNIF SD
Latasha Neal  LITCHFIELD ELEM SCH DIST
Jennifer Nelson  PARADISE VALLEY UNIF SD
Jennifer Pooler  KYRENE ELEM SCHOOL DISTRICT
Lynn Pugh-Kelly  TUCSON UNIFIED SCHOOL DIST
Sharon Reed  DEER VALLEY UNIFIED SD
Jani Rima  HIGLEY UNIFIED SCHOOL DIST
Patricia Vassaux  SCOTTSDALE UNIF SCH DIST
Tina Vendegna  PARADISE VALLEY UNIF SD
Jennifer Wermes  PARADISE VALLEY UNIF SD
Susan Williams  TUCSON UNIFIED SCHOOL DIST
egan Winter  TUCSON UNIFIED SCHOOL DIST
Sue Wright  MESA UNIFIED SCHOOL DIST
Cristina Yoder  PHOENIX UNION HIGH SD
Jeanette Ziegler  PARADISE VALLEY UNIF SD  

Washington State gained the most National Board Certified Teachers (NBCTs) with 516 teachers achieving in 2013. States that experienced the largest growth in their ranks of NBCTs in 2013 were Wyoming (17 percent), Hawaii (14 percent), and Montana (14 percent). North Carolina continues to lead the nation with more than 20,000 teachers in the state achieving Board certification to date. Each of these states benefits from strong systems of peer support and mentoring for candidates, state and district incentives for certification, and recognition of the importance of Board certification from union leaders to state legislators. But every community has its own unique National Board story.

Arizona NBCT Cheryl Redfield, was a selected as a 2012 Teacher Ambassador Fellow by the U.S. Department of Education. In 2013, Daniela Robles, NBCT, was appointed to the Board of Directors of the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards. Most recently, NBCT Beth Maloney was named 2014 Arizona Teacher of the Year. Read more success stories of National Board Certified teachers from Arizona on page 18.

“The importance of National Board Certification lies in what it conveys about the teacher who achieves it,” said Maloney, a teacher at Sunset Hills Elementary in the Dysart Unified School District in Maricopa County. “It is the evidence of a dedicated, professional teacher who is an expert in the field of education, who embodies leadership, lifelong learning and a commitment to schools, colleagues and students.”

Many Arizona school districts pay a stipend to NBCTs. Support for Arizona teachers seeking National Board Certification is available statewide through the Arizona K12 Center, which offers an array of support activities and professional learning opportunities designed to help candidates through every step of the process. The Center also offers a limited number of scholarships to candidates who complete a pre-candidacy course and make a commitment to finishing the process.

Research has shown that the students of NBCTs outperform their peers in other classrooms. Most recently, a 2012 study by Harvard University’s Strategic Data Project found that students of NBCTs in the Los Angeles Unified School District made learning gains equivalent to an additional two months of instruction in math and one month in English Language Arts.

National Board Certification is available in 25 certificate areas from Pre-K−12th grades. National Board Standards are written for teachers, by teachers, and accomplished teachers are represented at every level of the organization, from key staff roles to the NBPTS Board of Directors and the Certification Council, which guides policy and implementation of the certification program. This fall the National Board announced revisions to the certification process that will help ensure more students across the country have the opportunity to learn from Board-certified teachers.

The mission of the National Board is to advance student learning and achievement by establishing the definitive standards and systems for certifying accomplished educators, providing programs and advocating policies that support excellence in teaching and leading, and engaging National Board certified teachers and leaders in that process.

National Board Certification Financing
Through Arizona’s Master Teacher Program, funding is available for a limited number of scholarships for teachers to pursue National Board Certification. For more information, visit the Arizona K12 Center’s website.

The AEA Teacher Development Fund offers scholarships to teaching professionals who pursue National Board Certification, the highest professional achievement in teaching. Download the application.


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