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Ten Clover Park School District teachers earn National Board Certification

Ten Clover Park School District (CPSD) teachers recently earned their National Board Certification. The Tacoma, Clover Park and Federal Way School Districts are among the top nine districts in the state with new National Board Certified Teachers (NBCT). Fourteen percent of CPSD educators are National Board Certified.

The new National Board Certified teachers are:

Jared Bieber Harrison Preparatory School
Gloria Braxton Firwood Secondary School
Erika Cox Harrison Preparatory School
Keri Hampton Lakes High School
Tanisha Champagne Four Heroes Elementary School
Tracey Johnston Park Lodge Elementary School
Charles Kimmel Harrison Preparatory School
Meggan Zajac-Mattes Lakeview Hope Academy
Amy Stapleton Harrison Preparatory School
Nancie Harper-Surber Custer Elementary School

In addition, six teachers and one library media specialist renewed their certification.

National Board Certification is an advanced teaching credential. As part of this process, teachers must analyze their teaching content and students’ needs, submit videos of their teaching and provide student work samples that demonstrate growth and achievement.
Since 2005, 170 CPSD staff have achieved National Board Certification. The CPSD passage rate ranges from 40 to 50 percent while the national passage rate is closer to 35 percent. CPSD currently has 113 NBCT on staff. The number fluctuates each school year due to retirements and staff entering and leaving the district.

"National Board Certification is the highest mark of accomplishment in our profession," said Jan Lonsway, supervisor of professional development. "Preparing a portfolio of their best work allows teachers to hone their practice, showcase their talent in the classroom and demonstrate their dedication to their students and their profession. I commend all 113 certificated staff. They exemplify a passion for excellence that fully aligns with our district’s mission to help all students succeed."

According to numbers released by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, Washington state has the largest group of newly certified National Board Certified educators for the third consecutive year. A total of 329 Washington state educators achieved their certification this year. That puts the state at fourth nationwide in the total number of NBCTs (8,614).

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