Local teachers earn National Board certification
January 31, 2013
Sammamish has 16 more National Board Certified Teachers, according to an announcement made earlier this month by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards.
The 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.
The 16 local teachers who received the certification this year help bring the Lake Washington School District’s number up to 204 and the Issaquah School District’s number of those with the credential up to122.
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 Pazaski, Blackwell Elementary; Sandra Don Chokr, Eastlake High; Rob Jones, Eastlake High; Sharon Leinweber, Inglewood Middle; Jyoti Bawa, Renaissance School; Kristen Orth-Dunseth, Samantha Smith; Kathleen Blanding, Creekside Elementary; Cathy Daniels, Beaver Lake Middle; Kyle Duggan, Skyline High; Megan Graff, Creekside Elementary; Kate McConnell, Sunny Hills Elementary; Colin McCormick, Skyline High; April O’Halloran, Creekside Elementary; Kathryn Plakinger, Discovery Elementary; Cheryl Reed, Skyline High; and Paige St. Pierre, Skyline High.