Seven more Shoreline teachers receive National Board Certifications

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Seven Shoreline School District teachers have received their certification from the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards.

The teachers, school and their areas of certification are:

Amy Chertock, Shorewood High School, Social Studies, Adolescent and Young Adulthood.

Victoria Dryden, Kellogg Middle School, English/Language Arts, Early Adolescent.

Joanna Freeman, Ridgecrest Elementary, Library Media, Early Childhood through Young Adulthood.

Jeremy Hunter, Shorewood High School, Social Studies, Adolescent and Young Adulthood.

Dori Nagy, Shorewood High School, Science, Adolescent and Young Adulthood.

Rich Stuart, Shorewood High School, Social Studies, Adolescent and Young Adulthood.

Allyn Woods, Ridgecrest Elementary School, Physical Education, Early and Middle Childhood.

With this latest announcement, Shoreline now has a total of 36 board-certified teachers currently working in the District. Nationwide, Washington ranks second in the country with 1,248 new board certified teachers in 2009, and fifth nationally with 3,964 certified teachers overall. This achievement brings the total number of teachers certified by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) to more than 82,000.

The national certification process takes a minimum of 18 months. Teachers must demonstrate in their four-part portfolio a deep understanding and application of the national standards that are in place for their field of teaching. A national panel of peers then assesses the portfolio.
They also take a six-part examination of their knowledge of their content area.

The Shoreline School District supports the National Board Certification program by paying half of the registration fee. Those who complete the program receive a yearly salary bonus approved by the Legislature. Teachers attaining certification provide 25 hours of service either teaching professional development classes, supporting or mentoring colleagues, or working on projects.

Created in 1987, the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards is an independent, nonpartisan and nonprofit organization devoted to advancing the quality of teaching and learning. For more information, visit the NBPTS Web site.

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