Congratulations to the 64 Bellevue School District educators who recently became National Board Certified Teachers and the 36 Bellevue teachers who achieved National Board renewal in 2017! Bellevue School District now employs over 400 National Board Certified Teachers (NBCTs).  According to the National Board, Bellevue currently ranks 19th out of all public school districts nationwide in terms of the number of NBCTs on staff.

Certification is a one- to five-year process that includes teachers meeting after school and on weekends to discuss their teaching, curriculum, and assessment tools and to evaluate video tapes of one another teaching. They also take an assessment on their content area and assemble three portfolios.  National Board certification is the highest credential available to educators in which they demonstrate an ongoing commitment to the education of students, as well as to their own professional development.

New Certifications

  • Tara Afflerbach
  • Rebekah Albertson
  • Jennifer Andersen-Markee
  • Angela Armbruster
  • Kristin Babani
  • Pamela Behan
  • Anne Blaylock
  • Shane Braverman
  • Joana Chacon
  • Aubrey Creeden
  • Amanda Dews
  • Heather Erickson
  • Katie Fletcher (Metzger)
  • Lauren Flood
  • Adina Florsheim
  • Jason Friesen
  • Allison Giuffrida
  • Megan Gray
  • Elizabeth Harrington
  • Matthew Hazen
  • Brianna Heintz
  • Abigail Horsfall
  • Karen Jackson
  • Terry Jess
  • Kristina Katrel
  • Sarah Kimble
  • Michael Law
  • Melissa Leibole
  • Lindsay Lile
  • Ling-Hsiu Lin
  • Regen Lorden
  • Meagan Mangum
  • Kathryn Mattila
  • Debra Miller
  • Jessica Moyer
  • Rachel Ogimachi
  • Kaliya Okuri
  • Kimberley Palmer
  • Jamie Pearsall
  • Nellie Pogosian
  • Kyle Reimergartin
  • Michael Rhyne
  • Janet Roberts
  • Shavonne Roeter
  • Whitney Rosenberg
  • Cassandra Sedlak
  • Pushpanjali Sengupta
  • Christina Simmons
  • Amber Snapke
  • Krystal Stephens
  • Michelle Swim
  • Mary Takle
  • Dongmei Tan
  • Erin Thomas
  • Samantha Tuan
  • David Unwin
  • Robert Valaas
  • Maya Vergien
  • Kelsey Voight
  • Ryan Wahlberg
  • Edward Wang
  • Eileen Wilcox
  • Laura Williams
  • Carolyn Yuen

Renewals

  • Dawn Abbott
  • Lindzee Alvarez
  • Erin Bethel
  • Celeste Blair
  • Don Burress
  • Sara Clarke
  • Sandrine Collomb
  • Monica Davies
  • Stacy Davison
  • Lisa Dossett
  • Charles Duerr
  • Sherry Gaines
  • Erin Gehrke
  • Christina Goebel
  • Tessa Heady
  • Brett Heinemann
  • Sharon Henry
  • Sarah Igawa
  • Kelli Lane
  • Mai-Britt Maki
  • Amy Mapes
  • Rocio McCleary
  • Michelle Mordaunt
  • Scott Nara
  • Sarah Nehring
  • Michael O’Byrne
  • Gail Oleson
  • Alison Pendlebury
  • Susan Peterson
  • Jeffrey Rierson
  • Jennifer Sorenson
  • Jennifer Ray
  • Kristi Stroyan
  • Jennifer Sun
  • Helene Tate
  • Patrick Van Dyke

“Congratulations to all the newly-certified teachers and those who renewed their certificates,” said Chris Reykdal, Superintendent of Public Instruction. “It takes a lot of sustained and intentional work to become a National Board Certified teacher, and it’s a testament to the dedication of our teachers that so many continue to pursue it.”

BSD teachers are supported in their pursuit of National Board certification by the district and the generosity of Bellevue Schools Foundation donors. The district’s financial contribution of $550 per teacher toward candidacy fees helps ease the financial burden placed on staff.  This year the Bellevue Schools Foundation contributed $30,000 to fund content-area facilitators and a videographer.

To learn more about National Board certification, please visit the National Board’s press release here and OSPI’s Washington press release here.