Clover Park School District celebrates National Board Certificated teachers
Five Clover Park School District teachers were celebrated at a National Board for Professional Teaching Standards pinning ceremony and reception on Dec. 6. Harrison Preparatory Schoolâ€™s Nina Lary-Kimmel and Park Lodge Elementaryâ€™s Thomas Serrriane achieved the distinction for the first time, while Beachwood Elementaryâ€™s Leah Bearden and Clover Park High Schoolâ€™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 national board certification. â€œNational Board Certification is the highest teaching credential in our profession,â€ she remarked.
LeBeau reported that more than 80 percent 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 teaching in Clover Park School District, with an anticipated 40 more to submit portfolios in spring 2017. For more information certification, visit the National Boardâ€™s website.