Great news for ten teachers in Longview Public Schools – they are now Nationally Board Certified. Five teachers from Olympic Elementary School including Jennifer Sharer, Carmen Hewitt, Angela Richards, Angela Guinn and Shawna Wilson all recently earned Board Certification. Additionally, from Mark Morris High School Diondra Beck and Lauren Princehouse earned certification along with Jamie Axon of Mt. Solo Middle School, Kristen Peterson from Monticello Middles School and Stacey Niemi from Columbia Valley Gardens.
According to the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, certification was designed to develop, retain and recognize accomplished teachers and to generate ongoing improvement in schools nationwide. It is the most respected professional certification available in K-12 education.
Created by teachers, for teachers, the National Board Standards represent a consensus among educators about what accomplished teachers should know and be able to do. The certification process requires that teachers demonstrate standards-based evidence of the positive effect they have on student learning in alignment with the Five Core Propositions. They must exhibit a deep understanding of their students, content knowledge, use of data and assessments and teaching practice. They must also show that they participate in learning communities and provide evidence of ongoing reflection and continuous learning.
Olympic Principal Mike Mendenhall said, “To take on a huge amount of work outside class to reach the goal of being Board Certified shows their dedication to our students and the school. I’m appreciative and thankful for their hard work.”