Nine teachers in the Long Beach Unified School District recently earned National Certification, the highest professional distinction in teaching.
More than 150 teachers here have earned the honor over the years. The rigorous certification is a year-long process that involves submitting portfolios, videotaping classroom instruction and participating in a day of written exercises.
New National Board Certified teachers and their schools are Catherine Bates, Cleveland; Annasarah Ferguson, Poly; and Donnel Richardson, Gant.
Teachers who recently renewed their certification are Joan Calhoun, Tincher; Caryn Cobb, Lakewood; Tara Escobar, Roosevelt; Samantha McCarthy-Lurie, Stanford; Jessica Parker, Garfield; and Kam Weller, Lakewood.
National Board Certification is valid for ten years. Teachers can renew their certification by completing a portfolio to demonstrate professional growth.