We Appreciate Our National Board Certified Teachers
RSD Communications
Friday, January 12, 2018

Numbers released this week by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) show that Washington topped the state rankings for total number (1,435) of new 2017 National Board Certified Teachers (NBCTs)--the most of any state.  The figure is based on self-reported data by NBCT membership.

Additionally, Washington was among seven other states in 2017 who increased their total number of NBCTs by more than 10%.

Created in 1987, the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) is an independent, nonpartisan, and nonprofit organization devoted to advancing the quality of teaching and learning.

Teachers achieving national board certification go through a rigorous performance-based, peer-review process that takes one- to five-years to achieve.  Recognized as the “gold standard” in teacher certification, it speaks to a teacher’s dedication in elevating his/her teaching practice in order to provide students with a quality learning experience. 

According to the NBPTS, the research is clear:  Teaching is the most important school-related factor that determines student success.  Higher standards for teachers means better learning for students.

“Washington’s teachers are some of the finest in the country, and this additional certification will make a tremendous difference to their students, schools, and communities,” said Governor Jay Inslee.  “There is no more important job than a teacher as their work impacts countless lives and futures.  I applaud these Nationally Board Certified teachers for their hard work and determination.”

“We are fortunate to have 19 teachers on staff who have earned this distinguished certification,” said Superintendent Nathan McCann.  “Their dedication brings accomplished teaching and improved learning to the classroom, critical to the long-term success of our schools.” 

There are more than 118,000 Board-Certified teachers nationwide.  This week, January 8-12, the nation celebrates #TeamNBCT Week, honoring all National Board Certified Teachers .  Please show your appreciation by commending and congratulating our National Board Certified Teachers for accomplishing this remarkable achievement in person or by sharing messages online via Twitter or Facebook.

Ridgefield School District proudly recognizes each of our National Board Certified teachers:

SOUTH RIDGE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

Jamie Griffith

Certificate Area:  Literacy: Reading-Language Arts/Early and Middle Childhood

Original Certification Year:  2009

Angela Kapus

Certificate Area:  Literacy: Reading-Language Arts/Early and Middle Childhood

Original Certification Year:  2015

Sara Marshall

Certificate Area:  Literacy: Reading-Language Arts/Early and Middle Childhood

Original Certification Year:  2014

Erika Muir

Certificate Area:  Generalist/Early Childhood

Original Certification Year:  2004.  Renewed in 2014.

Shandel Oderman

Certificate Area:  Literacy: Reading-Language Arts/Early and Middle Childhood

Original Certification Year:  2017 (newly-certified)

Tiffany Quast

Certificate Area:  English As a New Language/Early and Middle Childhood

Original Certification Year:  2017 (newly-certified)

Morning Stalcup

Certificate Area:  Mathematics/Early Adolescence

Original Certification Year:  2015

UNION RIDGE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

Randi Christopherson

Certificate Area:  Literacy: Reading-Language Arts/Early and Middle Childhood

Original Certification Year:  2017 (newly-certified)

Ellen Ferrin

Certificate Area:  Generalist/Middle Childhood

Original Certification Year:  2010

Mindy Morris

Certificate Area:  Literacy: Reading-Language Arts/Early and Middle Childhood

Original Certification Year:  2017 (newly-certified)

VIEW RIDGE MIDDLE SCHOOL

Kathryn James

Certificate Area:  Science/Early Adolescence

Original Certification Year:  2017 (newly-certified)

Michelle Hankins

Certificate Area:  Art/Early Adolescence Through Young Adulthood

Original Certification Year:  2014

Kristi Young

Certificate Area:  Science/Early Adolescence

Original Certification Year:  2010

RIDGEFIELD HIGH SCHOOL

Austin Biel

Certificate Area:  Mathematics/Adolescence and Young Adulthood

Original Certification Year:  2011

Bob Ford

Certificate Area:  Social Studies-History/Adolescence and Young Adulthood

Original Certification Year:  2009

John Harvey

Certificate Area:  English Language Arts/Adolescence and Young Adulthood

Original Certification Year:  2010

Bob Meek

Certificate Area:  Music/Early Adolescence Through Young Adulthood

Original Certification Year:  2010

SOUTH RIDGE ELEMENTARY/UNION RIDGE ELEMENTARY

Nathan Lee

Certificate Area:  Literacy: Reading-Language Arts/Early and Middle Childhood

Original Certification Year:  2015

VIEW RIDGE MIDDLE SCHOOL/RIDGEFIELD HIGH SCHOOL

Elisa Smith

Certificate Area:  Mathematics/Early Adolescence

Original Certification Year:  2007.  Renewed in 2017.