National Board Certification

Well over 150 teachers, counselors, and administrators have achieved the distinction of National Board Certification in our district. Support offerings include:

  1. Full reimbursement of tuition to attend WEA’s Jump Start and Home Stretch institutes.
  2. Assigned NBCT mentor to read and give feedback on your work.
  3. Membership in a support cohort. Facilitated by an NBCT, this cohort is free to district teachers.
  4. District conditional grant of $475. In return, teachers must agree to mentor future candidates for up to two years.

Recent National Board Network News

Five teachers celebrated for National Board Certification

Five teachers were celebrated at a National Board for Professional Teaching Standards pinning ceremony and reception on Dec. 6. Harrison Prep’s Nina Lary-Kimmel and Park Lodge’s Thomas Serrraine achieved the distinction for the first time, while Beachwood’s Leah Bearden and Clover Park’s Ron Olson and Kitti Wheeler were recognized for renewing their certification.

Superintendent Debbie LeBeau opened the event with a speech describing the significance of the certification. “National Board Certification is the highest teaching credential in our profession,” she remarked.

LeBeau reported that more than 80% of studies done on student achievement show that students of National Board Certified Teachers (NBCT) outperformed those of their non-certified colleagues. According to LeBeau, studies also show that NBCTs are especially effective with special needs and minority students. There are currently 96 NBCTs in Clover Park School District, with an anticipated 40 more to submit portfolios in spring 2017.

National Board Program Revision

The NBPTS revised and improved its certification process beginning with the 2014-15 cycle. Requirements were streamlined while still maintaining high Board standards. The four required components are:

  1. Content Knowledge (Computer-Based Testing)
  2. Differentiation in Instruction (Written Entry)
  3. Teaching Practice and Learning Environment (Written Entry)
  4. Reflective and Effective Practitioner (Written Entry)

The price of the overall assessment was likewise reduced, from $2500 to $1900. And finally, with respect to a teacher’s demanding schedule, the timeline to complete Boards was extended by two full years. Teachers work on individual components and then submit each one separately over the span of three years.

Note: Teachers still receive the OSPI $5000 - $10,000 annual bonus for ten years.

How Do I Get Started?

Step One:

Talk with your building principal and secure his/her permission to join the program. Discuss your plans on how to manage attending the weekly National Board support cohort with other building obligations. Cohorts meet most Tuesdays, from 4:00 to 6:00, and attendance is mandatory. To initiate the Principal Approval process, email Jan Lonsway at

Step Two:

Visit the National Board Website and read the standards, review program eligibility requirements, and--when you are confident to begin--register as a National Board Candidate. Familiarize yourself with this website; the entire program is housed here. The non-refundable out-of-pocket application fee is $75.

Step Three:

Online registration for our free district support cohort opens on May 3 on Teacher Academy. Meeting dates start in September.

Cohort membership is free to district teachers, as space allows. In return, teachers must commit, upon certification, to mentoring a new and upcoming candidate. Teachers need three years of teaching experience and principal approval to begin the process.

Step Four:

Attend the required four-day WEA National Board Jump Start Institute over the summer. Slots fill up quickly, so register as soon as the window opens, in mid-spring. Click here to register.

Jump Start is an intensive summer institute sponsored by WEA that is geared for teachers pursuing National Board certification. Participants get a leg up on the process by learning important information about the entire certification process.

Note: attending Jump Start during the summer prior to beginning certification is a requirement of all teachers who plan to participate in the district support cohort. Tuition is reimbursed by CPSD upon successful attendance. All travel and hotel expenses must be paid out-of-pocket by candidates. Register using the link above, and pay tuition via personal credit card. After attendance, submit proof of payment along with proof of attendance to Teaching and Learning for full reimbursement.

District National Board Conditional Grant

Candidates who complete and submit their first component are eligible for a $475 conditional grant. To claim this grant, submit a Reimbursement Claim Form, along with receipt of payment, to Teaching and Learning. In return, candidates must commit, upon certification, to mentoring future district candidates for up to two years.

OSPI National Board Conditional Loan

Qualified candidates may apply for a conditional loan from OSPI in the amount of $1,425. Upon successful certification, the loan amount is taken out of your first annual bonus. To be eligible, candidates must enroll in an OSPI-approved support cohort. (Note: CPSD's support cohort is OSPI-approved).

Click here to learn more.

National Board Scoring Opportunity

Want yet another leg-up on the process before beginning? Consider scoring for NBPTS to learn how the rubrics and standards are used to evaluate candidate writing and evidence.

Click here to learn more.

National Board Salary Bonus

As of 2013-14, teachers who hold a valid certificate from NBPTS for the entire duration of the school years will receive an annual bonus of $5,090. Upon initial certification, teachers will receive 60% of the annual bonus, or $3,054. Bonuses are distributed by August of each year.
NBCTs in a qualifying challenging school will receive an additional bonus of up to $5,000.

Click here to see a current list of qualifying district school

National Board Network Mission Statement

In service to our profession, our mission is to improve the quality of education in our community via mentoring resident teachers towards National Board Certification, sharing professional ideas and expertise, and strengthening regional collaboration among peers, community, and policy makers.

District National Board Network Members

Name Area
Leah Bearden GEN/EC
Jared Bieber MTH
Gloria Braxton ENS
Cindy Brewer LRLA/EMC
Justin Brooks SS-H/EA
Abigail Brownell GEN/MC
Anita Bruscas LRLA/EMC
Mary Carlisle ELA/EA
Stephanie Carr LRLA/EMC
Frank Casey ART
Lisa Chachere LRLA/EMC
Tanisha Champagne GEN
Shasta Christensen LRLA/EMC
Mark Cloud MTH/AYA
Janet Coppess GEN/MC
Erika Cox SS-H
Loraine Curry ELA/EA
Amy D'Andrea SCI/EA
Jaclyn DePaul WLOTE/EAYA
Elizabeth Devitt SCI/AYA
Kimberly Elliott GEN/EC
Stacy Farmer LRLA
Ashley Fields GEN/EC
Sam Fitzgerald GEN/MC
Tracy Fortune ART/EAYA
Tracy Fowler GEN/MC
Kathy Gallagher LRLA/EMC
Elizabeth Griffioen SC/ECYA
Nancie Harper-Cave LRLA
Kristen Harris MTH/AYA
Martin Harris SC
Shelley Heinzman ENL/EAYA
Kristen Hulscher GEN/MC
Paulie Jacobson ENL/EMC
Myra Johnson SC/ECYA
Tracey Johnston ENL
Melissa Kaasa LRLA
Brandi Kerher LRLA/EMC
Stephanie Killen MTH/AYA
Charles Kimmel SCI
Karen Knudson LMS/ECYA
Ray Kurtz MTH/AYA
Jennifer LaShells SC/ECYA
Michelle Leingang GEN/EC
Chris Longueira ENS/ECYA
Janet Lonsway SS-H/EA
Kelley Loveland LRLA/EMC
Synette Melluzzo SS-H/EA
Christina Merritt GEN/MC
Daniel Million SC
Debbie Miner LRLA/EMC
Tami Moffatt WLOTE/EAYA
Jamie Moffett LMS/ECYA
Catherine Moore ELA/EA
Mary Moser ELA/AYA
Rebecca Mouer ENS
Linda Muir LRLA/EMC
Sarah Nainby ENL/EAYA
Greg Nelson ELA/AYA
Tracy Nelson ENS/ECYA
Lary-Kimmel Nina SCI
Will Niva ELA/AYA
Judy Norris-Handy ELA/EA
Katie Odegaard GEN/MC
Ronald Olson SS-H/AYA
Wayne Osborn LMS/ECYA
Blair Petersen LRLA
Ingrid Peterson LRLA/EMC
Jessica Petree LRLA
Siri Preston ELA/EA
Megann Ramsey ENS/ECYA
Terry Riggs ENL/EMC
Gary Roberts SS-H/AYA
Jennifer Rock SS-H/EA
Jamie Romberg ENL
Corrie Rosasharn SS-H/AYA
Dawna Rosenberg LRLA
Margie Scala ART/EMC
Elizabeth Schneller GEN/EC
Kathleen Schwartze LRLA/EMC
Kelly Selby ELA/AYA
Connie Shines ELA/EA
Gwen Sorem ENS/ECYA
Laura Sorgenfrei LRLA
Amy Stapleton WLOE
Jessica Strand LRLA/EMC
Desiree Sumers GEN/EC
Kristine Swanson ENL/EMC
Kimberly Tarnowieckyi MTH/AYA
Serrianne Thomas LRLA
Diane Tollefson SCI/AYA
Catherine Turner GEN/MC
Josephine Turner ELA
Michael Vincent MTH/EA
Scott Waeschle ART/EAYA
Kitti Wheeler CTE/EAYA
Cathryn Wilkin ENS/ECYA
Gretchen Williams SCI/AYA
Nicole Wonner GEN/EC