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19 Teachers Gain National Certification

Nineteen more teachers in the Long Beach Unified School District have earned the highest professional distinction in teaching, National Board Certification.

The newest certifications bring the total number of nationally certified teachers in the district to 129.

The rigorous certification is a year-long process that involves writing extensive portfolios, videotaping classroom instruction and participating in a day of written exercises.

LBUSD supports teachers who are interested in applying for the certification by offering pre-candidacy and candidacy support throughout the application process.

The new National Board Certified teachers are Marten Axelson, Wilson; Susan Bridges, Alvarado; Ana Cervantez-Cea, King; Anthony Dao, Renaissance; Bridget Dwyer, Addams; Robert Gallandt, Music Office; Elizabeth Grace, Marshall; Mikki Hulbert Pauls, Hudson; Michelle Kaeka, Lakewood; Dalis La, Bancroft; Griselda Meza-Allani, Roosevelt; Diane Reilly, Addams; Elvia Ruiz-Lopez, Cabrillo; Joyce Sakai, Stanford; Debra Simmons, Prisk; Kelley Tenny, Cubberley; Henry Waddles, Lindbergh; Gillian Waldenfels, DeMille; and Jason Wilson, Millikan.

The 63-member National Board for Professional Teaching Standards is a nonprofit agency.  The board, which consists mostly of teachers, establishes rigorous standards for what accomplished teachers should know and be able to do.