Three Quincy School District teachers were recognized for their completion of national board certification at the Feb. 11 school board meeting. 

Leah Wells, a Mountain View Elementary teacher; Frances Nielson, an Ancient Lakes Elementary instructional coach; and Andrea Henry, a George Elementary teacher, each received plaques from Superintendent John Boyd and Assistant Superintendent Nik Bergman.

Certifications are given by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards. Teachers must complete a series of components including written and video submissions, said Anne Stewart, who has been certified in secondary English language arts since 2012. Stewart currently works with the North Central Education Services District in Wenatchee, but taught in Wenatchee for three years and in Edmonds, Washington for 20 years.

The four components of the certification include content knowledge, knowledge of students, teaching practice and learning environment, and effectivective and reflective practitioning. The process from start to finish can take years and cost about $2,000, Stewart said.

“It’s a bear of a process,” she said. “It’s quite an accomplishment when you finish.”

Certified teachers are eligible for a $5,000 bonus from the state and teachers in high poverty districts can claim a $10,000 bonus. Quincy is considered a high poverty district, Boyd said.

The district has about a dozen national board certified teachers, Boyd said. With the certification, the teachers have one of the highest levels of professional development, he said.

“These are teachers who are willing to put themselves through the rigorous process.” he said. “They’re going to be the ones supporting innovation in the schools.”

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