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Arizona has 81 new National Board Certified Teachers


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  • Marlys Weaver-Stoesz   |   Arizona K12 Center

Left To Right: Principal Curtis McCandlish, Holli Taylor, New NBCT Kim Eberlein, Erika Chapman, Nadaburg Elementary School, Nadaburg Unified School District No. 81 — At Nadaburg Unified School District No. 81. Photo Courtesy Arizona K12 Center

The Arizona K12 Center is proud to announce that Arizona is home to 81 new National Board Certified Teachers (NBCTs) and 43 recently renewed NBCTs.

Altogether, Arizona is home to 1,538 NBCTs and ranks 18th  in the nation for total number of NBCTs.

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New NBCT Rachel Chunglo, Prescott Unified School District No. 1 — at Prescott Unified School District No. 1. Photo courtesy Arizona K12 Center

National Board Certification is the highest certificate an educator can achieve in the United States.

Administered by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, Board certification is a rigorous and reflective process that requires teachers to showcase the National Board Standards in their practice.

Teachers often take up to three years of continual work to achieve certification. National Board announced this year’s newest NBCTs earlier this month.

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Left to right: Board Member Mr. Gonzales, Assistant Principal Dr. Anna Carino, new NBCT Remy Clermont, Principal Mr. Deffenbaugh, Superintendent Dr. Hargrove, and students, Desert Thunder Elementary, Avondale Elementary School District #44 — at Avondale Elementary School District #44. Photo courtesy Arizona K12 Center

Research shows that students of NBCTs have improved learning outcomes. “The positive impact of having a Board-certified teacher (NBCT) is even greater for minority and low- income students,” according to the National Board. Find more data about research on the effects of NBCTs at nbpts.org.

Since 1996, teachers throughout Arizona have been seeking and achieving National Board Certification. The Arizona K12 Center provides support and resources for teachers to pursue National Board Certification.

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Mitchell Elementary teachers celebrate with renewed NBCT Chhaya Patel. Isaac School District No. 5 — at Mitchell Elementary School. Photo courtesy Arizona K12 Center

Arizona has 672 teachers currently pursuing National Board Certification with 214 candidates continuing from past years and 458 new candidates working on submitting the four required components for certification consideration.

This year’s new candidate count is more than double last year’s thanks to a budget appropriation from the Arizona State Legislature under the direction of Gov. Doug Ducey. Arizona is currently ranked 15th in the nation for the most new NBCT candidates.

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From left to right: Arizona K12 Center Professional Learning Director Mary Field, new NBCT Melissa Green, High School Assistant Lareina Vanlea at ASU Preparatory Academy — with Missy Stelter Green at ASU Preparatory Academy. Photo courtesy Arizona K12 Center

According to the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, 3,831 U.S. teachers achieved certification this year, while 4,786 Board-certified teachers successfully renewed.

Learn more about the Arizona K12 Center at azk12.org and about National Board Certification through the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards at nbpts.org.

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Balloon delivery at Arizona Desert Elementary, Tolleson Elementary School District Tammie Andrews, NBCT – New teacher mentor Brenda Catlette – Principal Corine Dilts, NBCT – Reading interventionist Marieka Michaud – Assistant Principal — at Arizona Desert Elementary School. Photo courtesy Arizona K12 Center