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Teachers Set Record for National Certification

Ten 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 school district to a record high of 100. The rigorous certification is a year-long process that involves writing extensive portfolios, videotaping classroom instruction and participating in a day of written exercises. Fewer than 1 percent of the nation’s 3 million teachers earn the certification each year. New National Board Certified teachers include Joan Calhoun, Tincher; Zobeida Castillo, Cabrillo; Caryn Cobb, Lakewood; Laura Hand, King; Kathleen Hatchell, Holmes; James Orihuela, DeMille; Lynn Scoby, Willard; Joanne Ujiie, Birney; Judy Vlastakis, Millikan; and Deidre Wood, Millikan. The 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 $2,500 savings. Teachers who obtain National Board Certification receive up to a 10 percent salary increase. In addition, National Board Certified teachers are eligible for a $20,000 bonus from the State of California if they teach at low-performing schools.