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RSD staff earn national certification

Sixteen Richland School District staff earned certification this year from the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS), the highest credential in the teaching profession. NBPTS recently announced that the following RSD staff passed the rigorous self-evaluation process:

Diana Carter, Richland High School
Rebecca Dartnall, Richland High School
Audra Distifeno, Hanford High School
Christina Hufstader, Sacajawea Elementary School
Dale Ingram, Richland High School
Caitlin Kalahar, Jefferson Elementary School
Ben Koch, Hanford High School
Michelle Lane, Enterprise Middle School
Kristien McKenzie, Orchard Elementary School
Sonia Moursund, Hanford High School
Teresa Nastri, Badger Mountain Elementary School
Brian Neill, Jason Lee Elementary School
Phyllis Paup, Sacajawea Elementary School
Kim Reifle, Hanford High School
Heather Walton, Marcus Whitman Elementary School
Jack Williams, Marcus Whitman Elementary School

“National Boards reminded me how important it is to weave formative assessment into lessons and put on the brakes and make adjustments when student comprehension is low,” says Distifeno, ELA teacher at Hanford High. “The process emphasized my role as student advocate and peer collaborator. National Boards also reinforced the reason I became a teacher — leading students to explore and reach their potentials and ultimately become critical-thinking, productive members of society.”

“National Boards helped me to focus on my knowledge of students, personalizing instruction, having students utilize their own assessments to set goals, and connecting students to the community,” adds Walton, fourth grade teacher at Marcus. “Further, collaborating with my peers pushed me and encouraged me to grow as a learner, not just a teacher.”

Over 130 Richland School District staff have now achieved National Board Certification.

NBPTS certification is achieved through a performance-based assessment that measures what accomplished teachers should know and be able to do. The process requires teachers to demonstrate how their activities improve student achievement. 

The certification process requires teachers to submit a portfolio which is assessed by a national panel of peers. Teachers must also pass a written test.

(More information is at: www.nbpts.org)