Eight area teachers are among the 1,248 national board certified teachers certified by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards in 2009.
Washington is ranked second in the nation behind North Carolina for the number of new NBCTs in 2009. Overall there are 3,964 nationally board certified teachers in Washington.
An "extraordinary group," is how U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan referred to this year’s class of National Board Certified Teachers in a September interview with NBPTS. He said teachers who achieved National Board Certification have "demonstrated a commitment to taking their teaching practice and the teaching profession to a different level."
The newest NBCTs in area schools are:
Dayton School District
- Susan Yenney, generalist/early childhood education.
Pomeroy School District
- Rachel Gwinn, generalist/middle school childhood
- Suzan VanAusdle, literacy: reading-language arts/early and middle childhood.
Prescott School District
- Mark Grimm, mathematics/early adolescence.
Walla Walla School District
- Kristina Duncan, English language arts/adolescence and young childhood.
- Brenda Kirk, English as a new language/early and middle childhood.
- William Sanders, generalist/early childhood
- Richard Tibbling, physical education/early adolescence through young adulthood.
- Marc Yonts, physical education/early adolescence through young adulthood.
NBPTS is an independent, nonprofit, nonpartisan and nongovernmental organization. For more information about NBPTS and National Board Certification, go to www.nbpts.org.