Fifteen more teachers in the Long Beach Unified School District have earned the highest professional distinction in teaching, National Board Certification.
The newest certifications bring the total number of nationally certified teachers in the school district to a record high of 129.
The rigorous certification is a year-long process that involves writing extensive portfolios, videotaping classroom instruction and participating in a day of written exercises.
The school district supports teachers who are interested in applying for National Board Certification by offering pre-candidacy and candidacy support programs, payment of application fees (more than $2,500), and a 10 percent salary increase for teachers who obtain certification. In addition, National Board Certified teachers are eligible for a $20,000 bonus from the State of California if they teach at lower-performing schools.
New National Board Certified teachers are Elissa Blair, Lafayette; Theresa Collins, Poly; Yolanda Darrington, Webster; Jean DelMuro, Cleveland; Stanley Enge, Poly; Greg Hodel, Jordan; Susana Juarez-Corrales, Holmes; Kari Milton, Lindsey; Pamela Penn, Marshall; Sebastian Puccio, Franklin; Laura Romo, Chavez; Diana Spooner, Lincoln; Christine Taxier, Millikan; Jeanne Vitale, Poly; and Elizabeth Wystrach, Riley.
The National Board for Professional Teaching Standards provides the certification.
The board is a nonprofit, nonpartisan and non-governmental agency governed by a 63-member board of directors, the majority of whom are classroom teachers. The board establishes rigorous standards for what accomplished teachers should know and be able to do.