Local teachers earn National Board certification
April 23, 2013
The Issaquah School District has 15 more National Board Certified teachers, bringing its total to 112.
National Board certification is considered the highest professional credential a teacher can obtain and typically takes more than a year to complete. It requires teachers to demonstrate how their work improves student achievement and their knowledge of the subjects they teach. As part of the process, teachers build a portfolio that includes student work samples, assignments, videotapes and a thorough analysis of their classroom teaching.
Washington, with a total of 6,740, is now fourth in the nation for most National Board certified teachers. Those who complete the process receive a $5,000 bonus from the state.
The new National Board Certified teachers are: Kathleen Blanding, second grade, Creekside Elementary School; Steven Boynton, fourth grade, Issaquah Valley Elementary School; Cathy Daniels, humanities, Beaver Lake Middle School; Kyle Duggan, math, Skyline High School; Alicia Favreau, special education, Challenger Elementary School; Megan Graff, second grade, Creekside Elementary; Tom Haff, science, Issaquah High School; Jennet Liljenquist, third grade, Briarwood Elementary School; Kate McConnell, fifth grade, Sunny Hills Elementary School; Colin McCormick, social studies, Skyline High; Susan Moffett, third grade, Issaquah Valley Elementary; April O’Halloran, fifth grade, Creekside Elementary; Kathryn Plakinger, fifth grade, Discovery Elementary School; Cheryl Reed, health/sports medicine, Skyline High; and Paige St. Pierre, French, Skyline High.
Learn more about the National Board at www.nbpts.org.