One of just 50 schools across the country with this distinction

Redmond, Wash. – Ella Baker Elementary in Redmond has been recognized as a National School of Character. This is the first time a school from Washington state has been recognized with this award. The recognition comes from, an organization dedicated to empowering people of all ages to practice and model core values.

Redmond, Wash. – Every ten years, after each U.S. Census is completed, school districts must review the boundaries of their board of director districts to ensure equitable geographic representation. Lake Washington School District is divided into five geographic regions or districts, one for each board seat. Candidates for school board must run for the seat of the director district they live in.



    Twenty-five Lake Washington teachers achieve, renew National Board Certification

    Highest certification a teacher can achieve

    Redmond, Wash. – Twenty-five Lake Washington School District teachers achieved or renewed their National Board Certification®, as announced by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS). Four teachers were certified for the first time and 21 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 an upcoming School Board Meeting. 

    According to NBPTS, 293 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 proud of our National Board Certified Teachers,” noted Dr. Jon Holmen, Superintendent. “National Board Certification represents a strong commitment to pursuing a high standard of excellence as an education professional. I congratulate all of our teachers who have achieved this certification and demonstrated the resilience to complete this process during increased challenges associated with the pandemic.”

    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 11,777. 

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

    The new National Board Certified Teachers are (arranged by LWSD learning community):

    • Lake Washington: 
      • Lake Washington High School:
        • Anna Joyce – Mathematics/Adolescence and Young Adulthood
    • Eastlake: 
      • Eastlake High School: 
        • Shawna Korshavn – Mathematics/Adolescence and Young Adulthood
        • Colin Tracy – English Language Arts/Adolescence and Young Adulthood
      • Inglewood Middle School:
        • Kristin McLeod - Mathematics/Early Adolescence

    Teachers renewing their NBCT status:

    • Lake Washington: 
      • Lake Washington High School:
        • Jessica Butterfield – English Language Arts/Adolescence and Young Adulthood
        • Catherine McCreary – Exceptional Needs Specialist/Early Childhood Through Young Adulthood
        • Amy Teal – Mathematics/Adolescence and Young Adulthood
        • Ashley Zydel – Science/Adolescence and Young Adulthood
      • Franklin Elementary School:
        • Shawna Sandstrom - Music/Early and Middle Childhood
    • Juanita: 
      • Juanita High School: 
        • Ines Bergman – School Counseling/Early Childhood Through Young Adulthood 
        • Peter Cheng – Mathematics/Adolescence and Young Adulthood
        • Erin Fleshman – Generalist/Middle Childhood
        • Patrick Monson – Exceptional Needs Specialist/Early Childhood Through Young Adulthood
      • Muir Elementary:
        • Sarah Skipworth – Literacy: Reading-Language Arts/Early and Middle Childhood
    • Redmond:
      • Redmond High School:
        • Lesley Cordell – Social Studies-History/Adolescence and Young Adulthood
        • Maria Gutierrez – World Languages/Early Adolescence Through Young Adulthood
        • Daniel Pudwill – English Language Arts/Adolescence and Young Adulthood
      • Mann Elementary School:
        • Kayce Gehring – Generalist/Middle Childhood
    • Eastlake:
      • McAuliffe Elementary School:
        • Suzanne Hart – Generalist/Middle Childhood
      • Smith Elementary:
        • Ryan Scott – Mathematics/Early Adolescence
      • Carson Elementary:
        • Melissa Scott – Mathematics/Early Adolescence
      • Inglewood Middle School:
        • Dylan Slatton – School Counseling/Early Childhood Through Young Adulthood
      • Evergreen Middle School:
        • Angela Kasper – Science/Early Adolescence
        • Meghan Palmer – Science/Early Adolescence
      • Tesla STEM High School:
        • Melissa Wrenchey – Career and Technical Education/Early Adolescence Through Young Adulthood

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    Lake Washington School District is a high-performing public school district serving Kirkland, Redmond, and Sammamish, Washington. It is the second largest district in the state of Washington, with over 30,500 students in 57 schools.