Issaquah School District congratulates National Board Certified educators

Issaquah School District congratulates National Board Certified educators

ISD now has 190 NBCTs.

  • Tuesday, January 8, 2019 6:30am
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Another 25 Issaquah School District educators have shown they’re among the country’s best by becoming National Board Certified Teachers (NBCTs) in 2018.

Meanwhile, 15 more ISD teachers have renewed their National Board certification. The district now has 190 NBCTs.

National Board certification is an advanced credential educators can earn in addition to their teaching license. It requires teachers to demonstrate advanced knowledge in their subject area, a deep understanding of students, and advanced skill in their teaching practice. To learn about each of Issaquah’s National Board Certified Teachers go online to ISD’s National Board Certified Teacher page, The district is updating educator profiles on the webpage in the coming weeks.

Michelle Larson, a new National Board Certified third-grade teacher at Sunset Elementary, said she appreciated that the certification process gave her an opportunity to consider her teaching closely and focus in particular on student engagement.

“If you’re interested in getting better at what you do, it’s a good way to do that,” Larson said. “Education is always changing and growing, and we need to be able to change and grow too.”

Holly Cornelison Hopla, a district curriculum specialist in English language arts, said the certification process helped her develop a deeper knowledge of her students. “If teachers don’t push themselves to be open to change and growth, they’ll never really understand what their students need,” she said. “This process pushed my thinking further in terms of what it means to really know your students.”

The certification process includes four parts:

1. An assessment of the teacher’s content knowledge.

2. A portfolio showing work students have done and the teacher’s feedback to the student.

3. Two videos of the teacher in the classroom, showing lessons taught and the interaction with and among students.

4. A portfolio of “reflective” work: what the teacher does outside the classroom that translates in the classroom.

Newly certified

Amy Alexander, Maywood Middle School

Shannon Anthony, Issaquah High

Laura Biller, Creekside Elementary

Sandra Chapman, Issaquah Valley Elementary

Holly Cornelison Hopla, Administration Building

Cami Cress, Sunset Elementary

David Dingler, Liberty High School

Stephanie Erickson, Cougar Ridge Elementary

Laura Garsson, Pine Lake Middle School

Ellen Hayes, Issaquah High School

Allison King, Grand Ridge Elementary

Kristina Klein, Pine Lake Middle School

Michelle Larson, Sunset Elementary

Emily Melograna, Grand Ridge Elementary

Laura Meserole, Pacific Crest Middle School

Toni Osotio, Cascade Ridge

Kevin Proudfoot, Challenger Elementary

Rachel Rowland, Gibson Ek High School

Angela Schubbe, Cascade Ridge Elementary

Dylan Sedlack, ACT and Gibson Ek High

Jessica Stephens, Creekside Elementary

Alexander Stevens, Issaquah High School

Sarah Sundt, Beaver Lake Middle School

H.B. Telling, Skyline High School

Katelyn Wilson, Endeavor Elementary

Renewed certification

Vale Baxter, Issaquah High School

Laura Berry, Newcastle Elementary

Marla Crouch, Maywood Middle

Keri Dean, Issaquah High School

Caroline Freidenfelt, Pacific Cascade Middle School

Julie Howard, Newcastle Elementary

Jill Klune, Administration Building

Christopher May, Maywood middle School

Karen Sunmark, Maywood Middle School

Ann Swiftney, Administration Building

Cristina Uramis, Issaquah High School

Stephanie Wright, Grand Ridge Elementary

Reyna Yamamoto, Discovery Elementary

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