Thirty-one staff members in Bellingham Public Schools earned National Board Certification in December 2017 following an intensive process of teaching and learning professional development. These teachers and counselors join more than 125 district colleagues in earning national board-certified status.
“Achieving National Board certification represents a significant body of work for each of our teachers and counselors in this group,” says deputy superintendent Mike Copland. “This accomplishment is a celebration of their outstanding skills, dedication to the profession and focus on continual professional learning. I would like to congratulate all of them on this achievement!”
According to the Office of Superintendent for Public Instruction (OSPI) in Washington state, Washington ranks number one in the number of newly certified teachers for 2017 (1,434) and ranks number three for overall national certified teachers.
Created in 1987, the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards is an independent, nonpartisan, and nonprofit organization devoted to advancing the quality of teaching and learning.
Photo 1-2: Grace Meloy, Whatcom Middle School social studies teacher
Photo 3-4: Magon Hamilton, Bellingham High School (BHS) art teacher
Photo 5: BHS math teacher Ben Goodwin
Photo 6: BHS science teacher John Stockman
Photo 7: Geneva Elementary kindergarten teacher Aubrey Merritt*
Photo 8: Geneva Elementary kindergarten teacher Jennifer Miller*
*Both Merritt and Miller would like you to know it was Bow Day at Geneva and they normally do not wear hair bows.