Nine Phoenix Union Teachers Earned National Board Certification this Year

Posted by Communications on 1/17/2018

Nine Phoenix Union teachers earned National Board Certification this year, the second-most in Arizona and one short of the most ever in one year for PUHSD.  One other District employee renewed certification. Considered the teaching profession’s highest honor, National Board Certification is presented by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards to teachers who demonstrate, through a performance assessment, that they meet the high and rigorous standards for what accomplished teachers should know and be able to do.   Only two percent of K-12 teachers in the U.S. are Nationally Board Certified.


Only K-12 districts Scottsdale and Chandler, at 10 new NBCTs had more this year.   Phoenix Union is 5th in the state for the number of teachers Board Certified.  There are now 59 NBCTs employed with the District. Unified districts Scottsdale, Tucson, Gilbert and Paradise Valley have more.  Phoenix Union also has the second-most current candidates in the state at 48, just behind Maricopa Unified (52).


Scott Black, Art

Joanne Martin, English Language Arts


Steven Clendenen, World Languages

Elena Lira, Art

Trevor Browne:

Kendall Detlaff, English Language Arts

Miriam Goldie, English Language Arts


Shannon Harsh, Science

Carl Hayden:

Erica Scrivner, Music


A ninth NBC teacher did not want to be identified.  Alaina Adams, now Assistant Principal for Instruction at Alhambra, had her certification in English Language Arts renewed.


North now has the most current PUHSD NBCTs at nine, Alhambra and Maryvale have eight.  Wilson has its first, while Franklin tripled its number to three.  Trevor Browne has six, Camelback has six and Carl Hayden has six.  Others are Metro Tech 3, Central, 4, CEE 2; Betty Fairfax, Desi/Bostrom, Bioscience, South Mountain, 1.


There were 167 new NBCTs in 2017 bringing the total number certified to 1,376.  Arizona was 9th in the nation in new NBCTs, and are 18th in the nation for the total number of NBCTs.


The National Board Certification has changed to a five-year term, not ten, as in previous years. Phoenix Union compensates NBC employees with a $3,000 annual stipend.