National Boards 12-17-20

Two Carson City Teachers Earn National Board Certification
Posted on 12/17/2020
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The Carson City School District is celebrating two new National Board Certified Teachers (NBCT) from the National Board of Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS). The teachers to be recognized earning certification are Patricia Ababio, Graphic Arts teacher in the Career and Technical Education (CTE) program at Carson High School, and Rhonda Holloway, English teacher at Carson Middle School. 

NBCT is widely considered to be the highest professional recognition for educators and includes a five percent pay increase in acknowledgement of accomplished teaching.

Carson City School District, Northwestern RPDP and the Nevada State Education Association have partnered together to encourage educators to be a part of the National Board Certification program. National Board Certification was developed by teachers to retain and recognize accomplished teachers and to generate ongoing improvement in schools nationwide.

Both of these accomplished educators earned the profession’s highest mark of achievement through a rigorous process, demonstrating their proven impact on student learning and achievement.

These teachers join 14 other board certified teachers in the district: Christina Bourne, music teacher at Mark Twain Elementary School; Lacey Carey, Literacy Specialist ELA at Fritsch Elementary School; Jenny Chandler, AP Government/AP Art History teacher and Social Studies department chair at Carson High School; Rachel Croft, STEM coach at Bordewich Bray Elementary; Debra Crozier, second grade teacher at Mark Twain Elementary School; Jessica Daniels, principal of Carson Montessori School; Jeff Hendricks, special education teacher with Student Support Services; Leah Hampton, math teacher at Carson High School; Amy Jensen, fifth-grade teacher and GATE coordinator at Bordewich Bray Elementary; Nicolas Jacques, music and band teacher at Carson High School; Joanna Kaiser, GATE Implementation Specialist; Molly Martin, first-grade teacher at Mark Twain Elementary School; Nicole Medeiros, second-grade teacher at Bordewich Bray Elementary and Pamela Shank, fourth/fifth-grade teacher at Fremont Elementary.

Certification is a one-to-five-year process that includes taking an assessment and assembling three portfolios. According to the NBPTS, each of these accomplished educators earned the profession’s highest mark of achievement through a rigorous, performance-based, peer-review process, demonstrating their proven impact on student learning and achievement. Completing the certification shows that each teacher knows and practices “the definitive standards of accomplished teaching.”

The Carson City teachers are among 906 National Board Certified educators in Nevada and nationwide, there are 122,000. In the next year, National Board is hoping to grow those numbers to over 150,000 educators. More than a decade of research from across the country confirms, students taught by Board-certified teachers are one to two months ahead of their peers taught by non-board-certified teachers. Christina Bourne, NBCT credits National Board Certification as one of the best professional development processes available.

The National Center for Education Statistics projected that more than 3.6 million teachers are employed in public and private elementary and secondary schools. Carson City teachers interested in pursuing board-certification are invited to contact Jaci McCune, jmccune@carson.k12.nv.us, 775-283-1796, or Candidate Service Providers Rachel Croft, rcroft@carson.k12.nv.us, and Jenny Chandler, jchandler@carson.k12.nv.us.