From an Everett Public Schools news release.
On May 19th an Everett Public Schools reception recognized the latest group of teachers to earn the rigorous professional designation of National Board Certification.
Once again, Washington state has graduated its largest class ever of Nationally Board Certified teachers (NBCT).
In late December 2014, 946 state teachers earned NBCT status almost doubling the 516 number of NBCTs in 2013.
Eleven NBCTs in the state’s class of 2015 are from Everett Public Schools. This brings the total number of NBCT teachers in the district to 166 – more than 10 percent of the district’s teaching staff.
Everett Public Schools NBCT group for 2015 includes:
- Terry Coleman, Cedar Wood Elementary counselor
- Kelly Dack, Hawthorne Elementary, grade 4 (class of 2014)
- Kari Eggink, View Ridge Elementary librarian
- Hillary Felix, Cedar Wood Elementary highly capable program teacher
- Dan Hansen, Evergreen Middle, history
- Kelly LeRoy, Cedar Wood Elementary, grade 2
- Steven Perry, Hawthorne Elementary, grade 2
- Kristie Rickert, Heatherwood Middle, math
- Cerra Sand, Silver Lake Elementary, grade 1
- Addie Smith, Everett High, science
- Gail Walters, Henry M. Jackson High, science
- Susan Wilson, Heatherwood Middle, science
To earn certification, teachers submit a four-part portfolio and a six-exercise content and pedagogy assessment, in order to document a teacher’s success in the classroom as evidenced by students’ learning. A national panel of peers then assesses the portfolio.
In 2007, the state Legislature passed a bill that awards $5,000 bonus to each NBCT.
Teachers can also get up to an additional $5,000 bonus if they teach in “challenging” schools, which are defined as having a certain percent of students qualifying for free and reduced-priced lunches as follows: 50 percent at high school; 60 percent at middle school; and 70 percent at elementary school.
A national directory of all NBCT staff is available online.