Ten Teachers Earn 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 114. 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. During bargaining in 2000, the school district and the Teachers’ Association of Long Beach agreed to support teachers who are interested in applying for National Board Certification by offering pre-candidacy and candidacy support programs, payment of application fees ($2,565), and a 10 percent salary increase for teachers who obtain certification. 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. New National Board Certified teachers are Kristine Diehl, Signal Hill; Barbara Doten, OCIPD; Craig Gibson, Music Office; Renee Gonzalez-Gomez, Lincoln; Terre Hradnansky, Newcomb; Stephanie Sasaki, Jefferson; Dianne Swanson, Los Cerritos; Dunia Zeineddine, Poly; Sallie Stout, Hoover; and Michelle Woolwine, Cleveland. Any newly certified teachers whose names do not appear on this list should contact Lisa Isbell at ext. 2900 as soon as possible. The National Board for Professional Teaching Standards provides the certification. The board is a nonprofit, nonpartisan and non-governmental agency governed by a 63-member board of directors, the majority of whom are classroom teachers. The board establishes rigorous standards for what accomplished teachers should know and be able to do.