Joining the ranks of National Board Certified teachers are Joshua Vail- Cavelero Mid High, Reiko Tarver - Glenwood Elementary, Kristin Odegard - Glenwood Elementary, Anne Nueman - Highland Elementary, Chris Thornton - Lake Stevens Middle School, Katie Akesson - Cavelero Mid High, and Sheryl Aubol - Lake Stevens High School.
National Board Certified Teachers are highly accomplished educators who have met high and rigorous standards defined by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS). The mission of the NBPTS is to advance the quality of teaching and learning by:
Maintaining high and rigorous standards for what accomplished teachers should know and be able to do;
Providing a national voluntary system certifying teachers who meet these standards, and;
Advocating related education reforms to integrate National Board Certification in American education and to capitalize on the expertise of National Board Certified Teachers.
The process for becoming National Board Certified is completely voluntary and separate from state certification requirements. Teachers who achieve this certification have engaged in a year-long process if intensive study, expert evaluation, self-assessment and peer review. Candidates create and are scored on a portfolio that demonstrates implementation of the identified teaching standards and are assessed in subject area knowledge.
At the core of the program is the ultimate goal of improved student performance and achievement. Nationally, teachers who have participated in National Board Certification have overwhelmingly stated it is the most powerful professional development experience of their careers.
In all, Lake Stevens School District now has 18 teachers that are Nationally Board Certified.