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50 APS Teachers Achieve National Board Certification

APS Ranks in Top 20 Nationally for Second Straight Year

December 21, 2010

For the second year in a row, Albuquerque Public Schools ranks in the top 20 nationally in the number of teachers earning National Board Certification. Fifty teachers achieved the distinguished honor in 2010, ranking APS 18th in the nation.

APS now has 287 teachers certified by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards.

“We are very proud of the 50 APS teachers who dedicated themselves this year to achieving National Board Certification,” said APS Superintendent Winston Brooks.  “Our students are the ones who benefit most from the hard work and dedication of these talented teachers.”

The National Board for Professional Teaching Standards is an independent, nonprofit, nonpartisan and nongovernmental organization that advances the quality of teaching and learning by developing professional standards for accomplished teaching. National Board Certification is a voluntary system that certifies teachers who meet high and rigorous standards.

As part of the certification process, candidates complete 10 assessments that are reviewed by trained teachers in their certificate areas. The assessments include four portfolio entries that feature teaching practice and six constructed response exercises that assess content knowledge.

The APS teachers certified in 2010 are: Lori Alexander, Lori Arnold, Allison Barns, Lionel Betsch,  Carol Blackshear, David Bleicher, Michelle Broz, Laurie Buck, Leslie Butcher, Ann Chacon, Mary Chappell, Steve Chavez, Cassandra Clowry-Baillio, Charlene Cox, Jean Dyke, Jamie Escobedo, Patricia Gardner, Joyce Gormley, Robanne Harrison, Barbara Henry, Heidi Hill-Morgan, Elizabeth Hogan, Mark Johnson, Steven Kaestner, Linda Keulen, Lisa Korbas, Sandra Kutarnia, Tawana Lansa, Megan LeBleu, Elizabeth Lindsey, Roma Marquez, Erin Mayer, Martha McArthur, Tonya McCullough, Mary Moleres, Ronald Neuser, Dava Ong, Brett Rimer, Cindy Rossner, Debra Saiz, Teresa Silva, Silvia Sosa De Chavez, James Spevacek, Shelley Tarter, Sean Thomas, Michele Torres, Tammie Torres, Laura Wicks, Marion Woolam and Heather Worf.

For more information on the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, visit www.nbpts.org.

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