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14 Teachers Earn National Certification

National Board for Professional Teaching Standards

Fourteen teachers in the Long Beach Unified School District recently earned National Board Certification, the highest professional distinction in teaching.

Over the years, a total of 181 LBUSD teachers have earned the prestigious honor. The certification is a year-long process that involves submitting portfolios, videotaping classroom instruction and participating in a day of written exercises. The National Board for Professional Teaching Standards Certification is the nation's only advanced teacher certification.

The newest certified teachers and their work sites are Marc Ahrens, Hughes; Nichola Bailey, Poly; Shayla Brown, Lafayette; Tiffany Diaz, Carver; Tabatha Goodwin, Twain; Elizabeth Heng, Keller; Jamila Mallard, Robinson; Rachel Murillo, Lindsey; Madeline Parker, Sato; Griselda Rodriguez, OCIPD; Tina Seo, Mann; Ashley Thomas, Browning; Tu-Quynh Tra, Wilson; and Julie Tsai, Addams.

Teachers who recently obtained maintenance of the certification (a five-year extension) are Monica Aguilar, Garfield; Catherine Brady, Stanford; Stacy Burgraff, Addams; Kelsey Cooper, Whittier; Whitney Gomes, Jordan; Jeff Harper, Jefferson; Pauline Klein, Stevenson; Jennifer Larsen, Twain; Emily Lloyd, Powell; Ruth Mohr-Silofau, Wilson; Alison Morales, OSSS; Sylvia Mulvehill, Stanford; Thuyvi Nguyen, Muir; Erin Richey, Carver; Julie Santana, Hughes; Joseph Sarabia, Carver; Jennifer L. Stuart, Wilson; Joyce Su, Garfield; Natalie Vanosse, Madison; and Lorian Steider-Brady, Lafayette.

National Board Certification can offer license portability and can contribute to continuing education units for educators statewide. Learn more at or find National Board Certification in the A-Z index at

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