Two Central Valley Teachers Earn National Certification
Two Central Valley School District teachers recently earned certification through the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS). They join 17 other Central Valley Schools teachers who have completed the rigorous year-long assessment, which includes a comprehensive portfolio and a series of assessments to measure subject knowledge.
The Central Valley Schools teachers who achieved National Board Certification in 2008 are:
- Michael Conklin – University High School, mathematics teacher and yearbook advisor. Conklin has been a teacher for more than 11 years, and is in his fourth year in Central Valley School District.
- Christina Riddle – Central Valley High School, language arts teacher and freshman class advisor. Riddle is in her ninth year of teaching in Central Valley School District.
Certification is a year-long introspective process that requires teachers to submit a four-part portfolio and a six-exercise content and pedagogy assessment. The 10 entries document a teacher’s success in the classroom as evidenced by his or her students’ learning.
“Our National Board Certified teachers are a tremendous asset to our students and their fellow teachers, by proving their competency in the classroom and sharing what they have learned with their colleagues” said Superintendent Ben Small. “The certification process is a challenging but rewarding one, and we are proud that so many Central Valley School District teachers have chosen to improve themselves by accepting the challenge.
Central Valley Schools teachers who have previously earned this distinction and are currently National Board Certified teachers include Cindy Bergdahl (McDonald Elementary), Lori Burrato (Central Valley High School), David Cunningham (Greenacres Middle School), Leanne Donley (Central Valley High School), Amanda Henneberg (Greenacres Middle School), Bernie Hite (Central Valley High School), Bridget Hocutt (McDonald Elementary School), Victoria Jensen (University High School), Camille Krestian (Central Valley High School), Stephanie Morkert (Progress Elementary), Amanda Mortensen (Evergreen Middle School), Elizabeth Rose (University High School), Karrie Schoesler (Greenacres Middle School), Jody Schumacher (Sunrise Elementary), Amy Smith (Summit School), Ann Warner (Bowdish Middle School) and Nicole Welding (Evergreen Middle School).
The 919 Washington teachers who earned NBPTS certification this year represented the third largest class in the nation with a 90 percent increase over last year’s graduates. Washington now ranks eighth in total number of NBPTS certified teachers with 2,726, moving up from last year’s rank of 10th.
National Board Certification is administered by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS), an independent, nonpartisan and nonprofit organization devoted to advancing the quality of teaching and learning.
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