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Eight district teachers earn National Board Certification

Eight Lake Stevens School District teachers earned their National Board Certification in 2017. Certification is an advanced teaching credential where educators analyze their teaching content and students’ needs, submit videos of their teaching and provide student work samples that demonstrate growth and achievement. According to the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS), Washington has the most new National Board Certified teachers (NBCTs) of any state. Overall, Washington has 10,135 NBCTs—the third highest in the country. Lake Stevens School District has 41 NBCTs.

Certification is a one- to five-year process that includes taking an assessment and assembling three portfolios. The portfolio is then assessed by a national panel of peers. Completing the certification shows that each teacher knows and practices the definitive standards of accomplished teaching.

“This is a major accomplishment that brought on a lot of sleepless nights, frustration and stress,” said Elizabeth Todd Chattin, a teacher at Lake Stevens Middle School who earned her NBCT in English Language Arts with a focus on Early Adolescence. “More importantly, this experience has allowed me to think critically of my teaching, and to develop a learning environment that is rich and meaningful for all students. I am so honored and proud to now be a NBCT.”

“I think my National Boards Certification has helped me develop teaching strategies to access the diverse group of learners I work with on a daily basis, allowing me to be more confident in providing differentiated instruction,” added Chattin. “That way, I can teach a variety of strategies to students so that everyone in the class can be challenged by the curriculum and learn new skills that specifically help them in their learning.”  

“Congratulations to all the newly-certified teachers and those who renewed their certificates,” said Chris Reykdal, Washington State Superintendent of Public Instruction. “It takes a lot of sustained and intentional work to become a National Board Certified teacher, and it’s a testament to the dedication of our teachers that so many continue to pursue it.”

Photo of the eight teachers who are nationally certified