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Celebrating National Board Certified Teachers

This week is #TeamNBCT week, in which we celebrate National Board Certified Teachers. National Board Certification was designed to develop, retain, and recognize accomplished teachers and to generate ongoing improvement in schools nationwide. 
Board-certified teachers are able to prove their effectiveness in the classroom every day: 
  • Students learn more. A decade of research shows that students of Board-certified teachers learn more than their peers without Board-certified teachers. Studies have also found that the positive impact of having a Board-certified teacher is even greater for minority and low-income students.
  • Teachers improve their practice. Board Certification allows teachers to hone their practice, showcase their talent in the classroom and demonstrate their dedication to their students and their profession.
  • Demonstrate a commitment to excellence. Schools with National Board Certified Teachers are characterized by better teacher morale and retention and increased community involvement. Districts and schools that want to drive student learning recognize the power of Board certification and are taking steps to empower and raise the status of accomplished teachers.
Big Lake Schools has had a total of 20 teachers reach National Board Certification! (this list represents past and present teachers): 
  • Lynn Adams (recertified in 2019)
  • Kim Bowen
  • Michelle Bring
  • Mary Curto (recertified in 2020)
  • Denise Gloudemans
  • Jen Gritman 
  • Darin Hansen (recertified in 2017)
  • Ann Katorosz
  • Lee Ann Kunkel 
  • Angela McCormack (recertified in 2019)
  • Laura Meyer (recertified 2021)
  • Bonnie Miesen
  • Dawn Mueller (recertified 2021)
  • Kim Nagorski (recertified in 2019)
  • Shari Prigge 
  • Ryan Purdy
  • Rachel Schultz 
  • Jennifer Spaulding
  • Claire VanBlarcom 
  • Brittany Wedlund
Information taken from National Board for Professional Teaching Standards: