21 WEAC members earn National Board Certification in 2015

NBCT_120pxTwenty-one WEAC members achieved certification through the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, joining 1,826 nationwide who newly earned the National Board Certified Teacher (NBCT) credential in 2015.

“Congratulations to our new National Board Certified teachers,” said State Superintendent Tony Evers. “It takes a true commitment to teaching our children and to the teaching profession to earn this credential. I commend these educators for completing this rigorous process.”

Statewide 972 teachers in Wisconsin’s schools are now certified by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards. They are among more than 112,000 board certified teachers nationwide. Certification consists of four components: written assessment of content knowledge, reflection on student work samples, video and analysis of teaching practice, and documented impact and accomplishments as a teaching professional. The voluntary process can be completed over one to three years.

Wisconsin is among approximately two-thirds of states that provide salary incentives and cover some costs to achieve the advanced credential. Those who teach in state schools can receive up to $2,000 to reimburse the cost of earning national board certification. Among requirements to receive nine annual stipends of $2,500, teachers must remain employed as Wisconsin educators and be rated “effective” or “highly effective” in the applicable educator effectiveness system. Wisconsin teachers who work in high-need, high-poverty schools in the state can receive an additional $2,500 annually. In addition, teachers with a Wisconsin Professional Educator License can qualify for the Wisconsin Master Educator License after earning NBCT certification.

Wisconsin is ranked 20th in the nation for the number of teachers certified by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards.

The newly certified WEAC members are:

Belleville School District
Meredith Smith
, Belleville High School
Adolescence and Young Adulthood/Science

Beloit School District
Janet Albert of Janesville, Morgan Elementary School
Middle Childhood/Generalist

Terri Ross of Evansville, Merrill Elementary School
Early Childhood/Generalist

Franklin Public School District
Kathryn Egan
of Wind Lake, Forest Park Middle School
Early Adolescence/Social Studies-History

Germantown School District
Colleen Schowalter of Colgate, Rockfield Elementary School
Middle Childhood/Generalist

Hartford Union High School District
Kathryn Herrmann, Hartford Union High School
Adolescence and Young Adulthood/English Language Arts

Janesville School District
Andrea Behn, Parker High School
Early Adolescence through Young Adulthood/World Languages Other Than English

Christine Munch of Beloit, Adams Elementary School
Early Adolescence/English Language Arts

Madison Metropolitan School District
Sara Batesky
, Sandburg Elementary School
Early Childhood/Generalist

Edith Mileham, Van Hise Elementary School
Early Childhood/Generalist

Marinette School District
Sarah Johnston
of Menominee, Mich., Marinette Middle School
Early Adolescence/English Language Arts

Brianne Lange, Marinette Middle School
Early Adolescence/English Language Arts

Menomonee Falls School District
Jessica Gieryn
of West Bend, North Middle School
Early Adolescence/English Language Arts

Milwaukee Public Schools
Stacy Knetter
, Reagan College Preparatory High School
Adolescence and Young Adulthood/Science

Matthew Turner, Riverside University High School
Adolescence and Young Adulthood/Social Studies-History

Nicolet Union High School District
Kristin Susedik
of Franklin, Nicolet High School
Early Childhood through Young Adulthood/Exceptional Needs Specialist

Northland Pines School District
Ann Marie Perry
of Sayner, Northland Pines High School
Adolescence and Young Adulthood/Science

Mary Wait of Land O Lakes, Northland Pines High School
Adolescence and Young Adulthood/English Language Arts

Plymouth Joint School District
Tina Henriksen
, Plymouth High School
Adolescence and Young Adulthood/Science

Saint Croix Falls School District
Suzanne Imhoff
of Frederic, Saint Croix Falls High School
Early Adolescence through Young Adulthood/Art

Siren School District
Jill Tinman
, Siren Elementary School
Middle Childhood/Generalist

Read the Department of Public Instruction news release for the complete list of Wisconsin’s 37 newly certified teachers.