Four VASD Teachers Become Nationally Certified!

Four VASD Teachers Become Nationally Certified!
Posted on 02/01/2019
This is the image for the news article titled Four VASD Teachers Become Nationally Certified!The National Board for Professional Teaching Standards celebrates FIVE VERONA AREA SCHOOL DISTRICT staff members as part of 3,907 new National Board Certified Teachers (NBCTs) and another 4,446 Board-certified teachers who successfully renewed their certification in 2018.

Congratulations to the following for their dedication to improvement in the world of education and the impact it has on our students:
Carla Bonsignore - Core Knowledge Charter School
Lindsay Herb - Glacier Edge
Jessica Reed - Stoner Prairie
Diana Lehnherr - Badger Ridge Middle School/Core Knowledge Charter School

Beth Severson - Speech/Language Pathologist equivalent to national boards (WMEAP)

These staff members join a growing community of Board-certified teachers, now more than 122,000 strong across all 50 states. Each of these accomplished educators earned the profession’s highest mark of achievement through a rigorous, performance-based, peer-review process, demonstrating their proven impact on student learning and achievement.

“I’m thrilled to celebrate our new National Board Certified Teachers. This is a great personal accomplishment, but it’s more than that – this accomplishment is reason to celebrate the impact Board-certified teachers have on millions of students nationwide and on the teaching profession at-large. School principals and systems leaders from across the country regularly tell me that NBCTs are making a difference in their students’ learning, strengthening their schools and their communities,” said Peggy Brookins, NBCT, president and CEO of the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards.

Highlights from this year’s class of new Board-certified teachers:
• Widening reach: There are new NBCTs in 2,000 schools in 999 districts across 47 states
• Growing concentrations in schools, districts, and states:
o 12 states have more than 100 NBCTs
o 4 districts have more than 100 new NBCTs
o 26 schools have 5 or more new NBCTs; 182 have 3 or more
• Increasing equity: National Board Certification is reaching a broader swath of students than ever before
o 47% of new NBCTs teach in high-needs schools
o Eighteen of the new NBCTs teach in Bureau of Indian Education (BIE) affiliated schools, an increase of 37% since 2014, and have hundreds of teachers working towards certification
• 40% of new NBCTs teach in STEM fields.

During the week of December 10, Educators across the country will celebrate all Board-certified teachers with #TeamNBCT week. The activities include in-person and online recognition of this important accomplishment.
“National Board Certification is about helping teachers become great, it is about elevating the teaching profession, and it is about helping children achieve at higher rates,” said Brookins. “The certification process impacts teaching and learning well beyond an individual teacher’s classroom.”

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About the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (
The founding mission of the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards is to advance the quality of teaching and learning by: (1) maintaining high and rigorous standards for what accomplished teachers should know and be able to do; (2) providing a national voluntary system certifying teachers who meet these standards; and (3) advocating related education reforms to integrate National Board Certification in American education and to capitalize on the expertise of National Board Certified Teachers. Recognized as the “gold standard” in teacher certification, the National Board believes higher standards for teachers means better learning for students.

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