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Four more ASD teachers earning national certification

April 30, 2010

Heidi Embley, Communications, 907-742-4158,
Tara Bivins, Teacher, 907-742-6400,

Four ASD teachers earned national certification this school year from the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards. ASD now has 48 NBPTS certified teachers.

National board certification is voluntary. The process involves a rigorous performance-based assessment that takes one to three years for a successful candidate to achieve. Candidates must pass a content knowledge exam and submit a teaching portfolio that includes extensive written analyses of their classroom teaching and student learning. Student work samples and videos of classroom teaching are submitted with the portfolio as supporting evidence of their accomplished teaching practice.

ASD’s 2009 National Board Certified Teachers are:

In addition, Tara Bivins of Mears Middle School and Brenda Councell of Mt. Spurr Elementary School successfully renewed their certification.

“The district is always excited when our teachers receive their National Board Certification,” said Robb Donohue Boyer, Ph.D., director of certificated staffing and recruitment. “The process to get nationally certified is achieved through the successful completion of a rigorous voluntary assessment program designed to recognize effective and accomplished teachers who meet high standards based on what teachers should know and be able to do. The district is very proud of our teachers who have selected this path of excellence.”

Donohue Boyer said the certification complements, but does not replace, a state’s teacher certificate. It is valid for 10 years and establishes the teacher as “highly qualified” and a “master” teacher in the eyes of the district and state.

The National Board for Professional Teaching Standards cites the National Research Council’s findings that NBCTs advance student achievement and learning, stay in the classroom longer, support new and struggling teachers, and assume other school-based leadership roles.

The district also has approximately 225 certificated employees such as counselors, psychologists, speech pathologists, OT/PT, nurses and more who have earned national certification in their respective fields.

For more information on the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, visit


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