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    Sixty-one Lake Washington teachers achieve, renew National Board Certification


    Highest certification a teacher can achieve

    Redmond, Wash. – Sixty-one Lake Washington School District teachers achieved or renewed their National Board Certification®, as announced by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS). Forty-four teachers were certified for the first time and 17 teachers renewed their certification this year; certifications must be renewed every ten years. Teachers from around the district completed the process and will be recognized at the February 5 School Board meeting.

    According to NBPTS, 313 teachers working in Lake Washington Schools have earned their certification. National Board certification is considered the highest professional credential a teacher can obtain.

    “We are pleased to have so many teachers accomplish and sustain this significant level of excellence,” noted Dr. Traci Pierce, superintendent. “The National Board Certification process helps teachers ensure academic success for students by analyzing every area of their teaching practice.”

    Certification is a one- to five-year process that includes taking an assessment and assembling three portfolios. According to the NBPTS, completing the certification shows that each teacher knows and practices “the definitive standards of accomplished teaching.”

    Numbers released by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards show the state of Washington is third overall in the number of National Board Certified Teachers in the country at 10,135.

    Each teacher achieves certification in a subject area and age range.

    The new National Board Certified Teachers are:

    • Kirkland:
      • Emerson High School: William Gardner – Exceptional Needs Specialist, Early Childhood through Young Adulthood
      • Finn Hill Middle School: Patricia Bergstrom – Science, Early Adolescence
      • Franklin Elementary School: Shawna Sandstrom – Music, Early and Middle Childhood
      • International Community School: Nadia Miranda Navas – World Languages, Early Adolescence through Young Adulthood
      • Juanita Elementary School:
        • Kelly Kirkness – Exceptional Needs Specialist, Early Childhood through Young Adulthood
        • Andrea Peoples – Literacy: Reading-Language Arts, Early and Middle Childhood
      • Juanita High School:
        • Eric Carlson – Mathematics, Adolescence and Young Adulthood
        • Peter Cheng – Mathematics, Adolescence and Young Adulthood
        • Patrick Monson – Exceptional Needs Specialist, Early Childhood through Young Adulthood
        • Alexandra Pike – Science, Adolescence and Young Adulthood
      • Kamiakin Middle School:
        • Julie Bergevin – Mathematics, Adolescence and Young Adulthood
        • Gretchen Oates – Library Media, Early Childhood through Young Adulthood
      • Kirkland Middle School: Sara Ward – English Language Arts, Early Adolescence
      • Lake Washington High School:
        • Jessica Butterfield – English Language Arts, Adolescence and Young Adulthood
        • Amy Teal – Mathematics, Adolescence and Young Adulthood
        • Ashley Zydel – Science, Adolescence and Young Adulthood
      • Northstar Middle School: Lua Carlson – Science, Early Adolescence
      • Rose Hill Elementary School: Soo Chin – School Counseling, Early Childhood through Young Adulthood
    • Redmond:
      • Alcott Elementary School: Jessica Lynn – Generalist, Early Childhood
      • Evergreen Middle School:
        • Kerry Hanson – Science, Early Adolescence
        • Angela Kasper – Science, Early Adolescence
        • Meghan Palmer – Science, Early Adolescence
      • Mann Elementary School: Kayce Gehring – Generalist, Middle Childhood
      • Redmond High School:
        • Amy Chackel – Art, Early Adolescence through Young Adulthood
        • Lesley Cordel – Social Studies-History, Adolescence and Young Adulthood
        • Jeff Gehring – Science, Adolescence and Young Adulthood
        • Liesl Neubert – Mathematics, Adolescence and Young Adulthood
        • Jordan Swain – Art, Early Adolescence through Young Adulthood
        • Macy Zwanzig – Science, Adolescence and Young Adulthood
      • Redmond Middle School: Elizabeth Dunsire – Social Studies-History, Early Adolescence
      • Tesla STEM High School: Melissa Wrenchey – Career and Technical Education, Early Adolescence through Young Adulthood
    • Sammamish:
      • Eastlake High School:
        • Christine Everson – Mathematics, Adolescence and Young Adulthood
        • Emma Morris – Science, Adolescence and Young Adulthood
        • John Norris – English Language Arts, Adolescence and Young Adulthood
        • Shelby Ruge – Science, Adolescence and Young Adulthood
        • Allison Snetselaar – Science, Adolescence and Young Adulthood
      • Inglewood Middle School:
        • Jacquelyn Coons – School Counseling, Science, Early Childhood through Young Adulthood
        • Thomas Nash – Mathematics, Early Adolescence
    • Substitute teacher:
      • Eileen Barnes – Library Media, Early Childhood through Young Adulthood
    • Teachers who achieved National Board Certification while in LWSD, but who are no longer in LWSD:
      • Heidi Friesen – Science, Adolescence and Young Adulthood
      • Karen Byeman – School Counseling, Early Childhood through Young Adulthood
      • Kimberly Oakley – English as a New Language, Early and Middle Childhood
      • Lindsey Quitmeier – Art, Early Adolescence through Young Adulthood
      • Nathan Seaburg – English Language Arts, Adolescence and Young Adulthood

    Teachers renewing their NBCT status:

    • Kirkland:
      • Futures School: Audrey Falkner – English Language Arts, Adolescence and Young Adulthood
      • Kirkland Middle School:
        • Stephen Hynden – School Counseling, Early Childhood through Young Adulthood
        • Marion Mays – Exceptional Needs Specialist, Early Childhood through Young Adulthood
      • Rose Hill Elementary School: Suzanne Hanson – Music, Early and Middle Childhood
    • Redmond:
      • Mann Elementary School: Shannon Leonard – Literacy: Reading-Language Arts, Early and Middle Childhood
      • Redmond High School:
        • Sandra Hoffman – World Languages other than English, Early Adolescence through Young Adulthood
        • Gregg McDonald – Social Studies-History, Adolescence and Young Adulthood
        • Ruth Schemmel – English as a New Language, Early Adolescence through Young Adulthood
      • Rush Elementary School: Jayme Branagh Landon – School Counseling, Early Childhood through Young Adulthood
      • Tesla STEM High School:
        • Kate Allender – Science, Adolescence and Young Adulthood
        • Peter Saxby – Science, Adolescence and Young Adulthood
    • Sammamish:
      • Eastlake High School: Lara Dean – Science, Adolescence and Young Adulthood
    • Woodinville:
      • Wilder Elementary School: Andrea Newell – Literacy: Reading-Language Arts, Early and Middle Childhood
    • Leave of Absence:
      • Victoria Castaneda – English Language Arts, Adolescence and Young Adulthood
    • Teachers who renewed National Board Certification while in LWSD, but who are no longer in LWSD:
      • Andrya Packer – English Language Arts, Adolescence and Young Adulthood
      • Renee Levine – English as a New Language, Early and Middle Childhood

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    Lake Washington School District is a high-performing public school district serving Kirkland, Redmond, and Sammamish, Washington. It is the third largest district in the state of Washington, with over 29,500 students in 52 schools.