Wenatchee School District has 4 new National Board Certified teachers, bringing the total in the district to 105. National Board Certification is the highest and most rigorous certification process for teaching in the nation. In 2019 the Wenatchee School District was recognized for having 20% of teaching staff who have earned National board certification.
Patrick Loftus, Wenatchee High School
Katie Charles, Lincoln Elementary
Jennifer Devereaux, WestSide High School
Dan Myers, Orchard Middle School
“We have exceptional teachers in our school district and we congratulate our newly certified staff for achieving this distinction,” says Wenatchee School Superintendent Dr. Paul Gordon. “National Board Certification benefits our students as it helps our teachers have a deeper knowledge of learning and provides them with the tools they need to ensure success for all students,” said Gordon.
Achieving national board certification is a rigorous and time-intensive process. The process includes can take anywhere from one to four years and includes four segments: teacher knowledge assessment; analyzing student work and setting goals based on that analysis; classroom management with filmed scenarios; and collaboration with teachers, parents, community members. The entire process takes about 300 to 400 hours to complete.
More than a decade of research from across the country confirms that students taught by National Board Certified Teachers (NBCTs) learn more than students taught by other teachers. Estimates of the increase in learning are on the order of an additional one to two months of instruction and the positive impact is even greater for high-need students.
About the National Board:
Created in 1987, the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards is an independent, nonpartisan, and nonprofit organization devoted to advancing the quality of teaching and learning. Washington State continues to be a leader in increasing its number of National Board Certified teachers.