Eight PUHSD Teachers Earn NBCT Certification

Posted by Community Relations on 12/9/2015

It’s another big class of new National Board Certified Teachers for Phoenix Union. Eight teachers earned certification this year, and another was re-certified.   Half of those new NBC teachers are at Alhambra-- Ann Miller, ESS; Mary Wimmer, PE; Jamalee Moret, ESL; and Barry Bertolet, Art are the newest NBC teachers at the school, which now boasts 11 National Board Certified Teachers, the most in the District. 

Other National Board Certified Teachers, announced by the Arizona K-12 Center December 5, are Maryvale’s Karina Rascon ( English) Metro Tech’s Erin Strong ( Science); Trevor Browne’s Lisa Harder (Reading) and Betty Fairfax’ first National Board Certified Teacher, Ryan Ussery (Social Studies). Central’s Virtue Ishihara (Chemistry), renewed his Certification. 

These teachers achieved National Board Certification through a performance-based, peer-reviewed process similar to Board certification in medicine. National Board Certification is the gold standard for accomplished teaching, based on standards – created by teachers, for teachers – that define what teachers should know and be able to do to advance student learning. The National Board Certification is administered by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, which is an independent, nonprofit organization working to advance accomplished teaching for all students. 

There are now 50 current National Board Certified Teachers in Phoenix Union, the most ever, and reportedly another 50 in the pipeline. The eight new NBCTs make up 17% of the statewide 48-member Class of 2015. Only Scottsdale Unified, with nine, had more. In the last three years, 25 PUHSD teachers earned their Certification.