Eighteen More Teachers Nationally Certified

Like recent USC victories, 18 more Long Beach Unified School District teachers have shown they are performing at the top of their game. These national champions have excelled at a difficult task: passing National Board Certification. As a result, each will receive a 10 percent salary increase and is also eligible for a $10,000 state-paid bonus. New National Board Certified teachers include Jane Adair, Poly; John Arfwedson, Poly; Lilian de la Paz, MacArthur; Bridget Dole, Robinson; Michael Fillipow, Poly; Karen Frakes, Willard; Sheila Gibbons, Lee; Yvette Gow, Wilson; Ruth Mohr, Wilson; Linda Morgan, Jordan; Patricia Reed, Bixby; Donna Ryono, K-5 Literacy; Ethel Seminario-Laczko, Birney; Kim Tedesco, Longfellow; Kay Tortorice, Poly; Amelia Valinsky-Fillipow, Kettering; Barry Welsch, Jordan; and Lillian Yoshimura, Prisk. The district's newest Certified Teachers join the existing 19 LBUSD Certified Teachers from 2000 and 2001. Their rigorous certification required an extensive professional portfolio completed over eight months and a day of written exercises at a local assessment center. The Long Beach Unified School District has made a commitment to support teachers who are interested in applying for National Board Certification. Teachers who are accepted and successfully complete the pre-candidacy program are eligible for district payment of National Board application fees, a $2,300 savings. Teachers who obtain National Board Certification are eligible for a 10 percent salary increase for the 10-year life of the certificate in addition to any extra compensation provided through the state. The National Board for Professional Teaching Standards is a nonprofit, nonpartisan, nongovernmental agency created to establish high, rigorous standards for what accomplished teachers should know and be able to do. It is a national voluntary system to assess and certify teachers who meet high standards, and it advances education reforms to improve student learning.