Seventeen teachers in the Long Beach Unified School District have earned the highest professional distinction in teaching, National Board Certification. The newest certificates bring the total number of nationally certified teachers in the district to 147.
The rigorous certification is a year-long process that involves submitting portfolio entries, videotaping classroom instruction and participating in a day of written exercises. The school district supports teachers who are interested in applying for National Board Certification by offering pre-candidacy and candidacy support programs throughout the application process.
The new National Board Certified teachers are Julianne Beebe, Hill; Nancy Brown, CAMS; Juana de la Rosa, Edison; Bryan Feely, Stanford; Garrick Gjonovich, Lakewood; Jack Hobusch, Millikan; Tracy Kostenbader, Jordan; Michelle Malchiodi, Lakewood; Sharon Moore-Pulsifer, Jordan; Timothy Mulvehill, Millikan; Caroline Muscato (formerly Harte, now substituting); Pia Prieto, Wilson; Erin Richey, Carver; Maureen Rippee, Wilson; Rocio Rodriguez, Madison; Joseph Sarabia, Longfellow; and Donna Sharpe, Avalon.
National Board Certification is valid for ten years. In order to maintain certification, teachers can renew their certification by submitting a portfolio detailing continued professional growth.
Six LBUSD teachers participated in the renewal process and have again earned National Board Certification: Amelia Valinsky-Fillipow, Kettering; Michael Fillipow, Poly; Sheila Gibbons, Lee; Donna Ryono, CDC; Ethel Seminario-Laczko, Cabrillo; and Teresa Suzuki, OCIPD.
The National Board for Professional Teaching Standards provides the certification. NBPTS is an independent, nonprofit, nonpartisan and nongovernmental organization. It was formed in 1987 to advance the quality of teaching and learning by developing professional standards for accomplished teaching, creating a voluntary system to certify teachers who meet those standards and integrating certified teachers into educational reform efforts.