Big Island Teachers Become National Board Certified
The Hawai’i State Department of Education has announced 46 DOE teachers are among 59 teachers to receive National Board Certification from the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards.
Of the 46 DOE teachers, 15 are educators on the Big Island.
Board of certification is considered the highest mark of accomplishment in the profession, which includes a rigorous, performance-based, peer-review process that is similar to Board certification in other fields, such as medicine.
According to the DOE, to obtain certification, teachers must demonstrate mastery of knowledge and skills necessary to prepare students for success in the 21st century.
Hawai’i has experienced the fastest growth in the number of National Board Certified Teachers in the nation during the past three years. The state currently has more than 500 NBCTs.
“The Department commends each of the 46 new NBCTs this year,” said Schools Superintendent Kathryn Matayoshi. “We are particularly proud of the increase by neighbor island teachers whose remarkable determination and dedication resulted in their certification this year. As a state, we continue to pledge a strong commitment to support all teachers in their pursuit of National Board Certification.”
There are more than 110,000 teachers in all 50 states and D.C. that have achieved the profession’s gold standard for accomplished teaching, based on standards that define what educators should know and be able to do to advance student learning.
“The public clearly sees the value in Board certification as an assurance that teachers have met the profession’s highest standards and have the knowledge and skills necessary to advance student learning,” said Ronald Thorpe, president and CEO of the National Board. “Still, we have a long way to go to make Board certification the norm and the expectation in the profession. Today, only a small fraction of America’s teachers are Board certified. We owe it to our students and out future to them a majority – and to build the coherent trajectory that supports every teacher to reach accomplished practice.”
The 15 Big Island educators to achieve the status of being NBCT are the following:
Whitney Aragaki, Waiakea High School
Joel Behr, Pahoa High & Intermediate School
Willian Keith Blackburn, Pahoa High & Intermediate School
Lacey Cabral, Kea’au High School
Gabrielle Chong, Kea’au High School
Victoria Couture, Kealakehe High School
Shannon Harbaugh, Pahoa High & Intermediate School
Nancy Iauke, Pahoa High & Intermediate School
Shari Jumalon, Konawaena Middle School
Elizabeth Laliberte, Hilo High School
Daniel Lewer, Honoka’a High & Intermediate School
Megan Oberg, Mountain View Elementary
Michelle Obregon, Konawaena High School
Layne Takahashi, Waiakea High School
Rochelle Tamiya, Hilo Intermediate School