62 WEAC members earn National Board Certification in 2018

Sixty-two WEAC members recently joined the ranks of Nationally Board Certified Teachers (NBCTs) in Wisconsin, and 26 renewed their certification. Known as one of the top honors in the profession, NBCTs are assessed by their peers on 5 core propositions of accomplished teaching. WEAC is the state leader in providing candidate support; WEAC supports include intensive summer Jump Start training, monthly in-person cohorts, an online prep course, virtual mentors, and a winter writing retreat.

“The support that I received from WEAC was so instrumental that I do not believe I would have passed without it. It’s hard to believe that it was all free to WEAC members,” said Sarah Schnuelle a recently certified NBCT and educator in Jefferson.

If you’re interested in information on becoming Nationally Board Certified please click here or e-mail nbctsupport@weac.org.

2018 New NBCTs

TAMMIE ALEKNA
HOLLY BAUKIN
MEGAN BERGER
MOLLY BILSE
JILL BOECK
CARLA BONSIGNORE
KATHERINE BONTEMPO
BARBARA BORRE
RACHEL BURKEL
NATALIE COOK
SAMANTHA CRUZ
ANNMARIE DAHL
ANDREA DINNDORF
TRACY DOBKOSKI
AMANDA DOHMS
EMILY DRAIN
VIRGINIA ELSEN
BRENDA ERDMAN
MARY ANN FEUTZ
KARLY FRISCH
MARGO GOFF
ERICA GRETEBECK
SARAH GREY
LAURA GROCHOWSKI
MATTHEW HARMON
ANITA HARRISON
KATHRYN HATLESTAD
KARI HEDEMAN
SARAH HILL
ANDREW HOLDMANN
CHRISTINE HUMBERG
EMILY INSTENES
ABIGAIL KEAN
AMY KLEIN
AMY KLINE
LEIGH KOHLMANN
ERICA KOHLMEYER ZENKE
CHRISTINA LADURON
DIANA LEHNHERR
DAWN LEMIRAND-POEPPING
ELLEN LINNIHAN
ANDREW LIPSKI
ANN MARCHANT
SARA MCKITTRICK
JESSICA NARLOW
CORYNN NORDSTROM
ERIN PETERS
SUSAN PETERSON
KEVIN PODEWELTZ
JESSICA REED
JEAN ROBINSON
SHANON RODENBERG
LINDSAY RUDEBUSCH
AMY SCHAEFER
SARAH SCHNUELLE
LEXA SPETH
HEATHER STERNITZKY
DIANA STRATTON
MICHAEL TAMBLYN
DAVID WALKER
NATHANIEL WEISS
JOSIE WIESER

2018 NBCT Renewals

DANA ACAMOVIC
CHRISTINE AHRENS
CATHERINE ANDERSON
M GILLIAN ARBUCKLE KING
EMILY CHERONE
JAMI COLLINS
MOLLY COUGHLIN
MARY FASSBENDER
RACHEL GROVE
THOMAS GRUNDER
ELLEN GRUNDER
JAY JOHNSON
ERIN KRASE-MINCHK
ANN KRONCKE
ANDY KRUGER
REBECCA LETTER
PAUL MAJORS
CHERYL MIRACLE
KAREN REHORST PORRAS
JENNIFER SECOR
KIMBERLY SERENE
MARY SILVA
NICHOLAS SIREK
KATHRYN STEEDMAN
KIMBERLY TRENDEL
THERESE URBEN

We apologize if we missed you. If so, please send an e-mail to nbctsupport@weac.org.

WEAC mentors provide invaluable support to National Board candidates

National Board candidates and renewal candidates attended a support session on Saturday, April 7, at the WEAC building in Madison. The event was free and open only to WEAC members, who served both as mentors and students. Attendees said the support and guidance they received was invaluable as they progress through the demanding and rewarding National Board process. Find out more about WEAC’s National Board resources at weac.org/NBCT.

Below are comments posted by some of the mentors on the Wisconsin National Board Certification group on NEA edCommunities.

National Board Certification is now more accessible

NEA National Board Jump Start training at the MTEA building in Milwaukee.

NEA National Board Jump Start training at the MTEA building in Milwaukee.

Changes recently implemented by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards allow educators to complete the rigorous National Board Certification Process over a longer period of time and at a lower cost.

Getting more certified teachers was the goal of the National Board’s changes to the certification process. The hope is to make the process more flexible and efficient while maintaining the integrity and transformative nature of National Board Certification, according to NEA Today.

According to the National Board, the changes are:

  • The National Board now provides additional options for educators. While teachers can complete the en­tire certification process in one year, some may choose to do so over several years if that fits better with other demands on their time. While maintaining the same level of rigor, the process is grouped into four components.
  • The total cost of certification has decreased to about $1,900, with each of the four compo­nents costing $475 each. Candidates have the option to pay for and submit each component separately.

Thanks to the work of WEAC, Wisconsin certified teachers are eligible for reimbursement of costs and annual stipends. The NEA and its state affiliates – including WEAC – have also stepped in to make the process easier for candidates by providing “Jump Start” training. WEAC and Regions also offer other training including Writing Retreats like one being held February 10-11, 2017, in Madison. WEAC offices across the state provide members a number of valuable candidate supports including summer and early fall Jump Start sessions, access to online support through mynea360.org, face-to-face sessions, renewal support, a deep discount on an online support course through WEA Academy, writing retreats and a mentor match program. WEAC also provides an annual training opportunity for mentors. Find out more on the WEAC National Board Certification page.

Read more at NEAToday.org:

Becoming a National Board Certified Teacher is Now More Affordable

When Anna Baldwin, an English teacher at Arlee High School in Arlee, Montana, and the 2014 Montana Teacher of the Year, wanted to up her teaching game she looked no further than National Board Certification.

7 WEAC members earn new National Board Certification

Seven WEAC members have just joined the ranks of those holding National Board Certification, considered the gold standard in teacher certification. Another 75 Wisconsin educators renewed their national certification this year.

national_board_sidebar_text2Wisconsin now has 945 active National Board Certified Teachers and is ranked 20th in the nation for the number of teachers who hold the national credential.

“WEAC congratulates these outstanding educators who have committed themselves to making sure they are the absolute best they can be,” said WEAC President Ron Martin. “WEAC is extremely proud to play a role in helping educators achieve this tremendous honor.”

The WEAC members earning certification for the first time are:

  • Natalie Buhl, West De Pere School District, English Language Arts/Adolescence and Young Adulthood;
  • Sarah Hafenstein, Watertown Unified School District, Music/Early Adolescence through Young Adulthood;
  • Nicole Horsley, South Milwaukee School District, Literacy: Reading-Language Arts/Early and Middle Childhood;
  • Jessica Krause, Jefferson School District, Generalist/Middle Childhood;
  • Amanda Mortimer, Beloit School District, Generalist/Early Childhood;
  • Lindsay Norrish, Madison Metropolitan School District, Generalist/Middle Childhood; and
  • Kathy Noteboom, Bayfield School District, Generalist/Middle Childhood.

In addition, one non-member earned certification this year: Debra Bowman, Spring Valley School District, Music/Early and Middle Childhood.

“I commend our board certified Wisconsin teachers for their dedication to their profession and their students,” said State Superintendent Tony Evers. “Achieving or renewing national certification is a demanding process that requires teachers to demonstrate their subject matter knowledge, instructional excellence, and commitment to the profession.”

National Board Certification is open to all educators who have a baccalaureate degree and three years of classroom experience in either a public or private school. WEAC provides extensive support for members who pursue National Board Certification.

The National Board for Professional Teaching Standard’s founding mission is to advance the quality of teaching and learning through rigorous standards for what accomplished teachers should know and be able to do, a national voluntary system for certifying teachers who meet those standards, and related education reforms to integrate National Board Certification in American education and to capitalize on the expertise of National Board Certified Teachers. Wisconsin has a number of educators who have achieved national certification who offer their support to others who are working toward the credential.

Wisconsin is among approximately two-thirds of states that provide salary incentives and cover some costs to achieve the advanced credential. Those who teach in state schools can receive up to $2,000 to reimburse the cost of earning National Board Certification. Among requirements to receive nine annual stipends of $2,500, teachers must remain employed as Wisconsin educators and be rated “effective” or “highly effective” in the applicable educator effectiveness system. Wisconsin teachers who work in high-need, high-poverty schools in the state can receive an additional $2,500 annually. In addition, teachers with a Wisconsin Professional Educator License can qualify for the Wisconsin Master Educator License after earning NBCT certification.

Click here for DPI’s release and a list of all Wisconsin educators who earned or renewed their certification this year.

Join us October 12 for a WEAC National Board Certification webinar

National Board Certification Webinar

Wednesday, October 12, 2016 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Explore the professional and financial benefits of National Board Certification through a statewide webinar Wednesday, October 12 at 7:00 p.m. You will also learn the supports your union has in place to assist you in the certification process.

National Board Certification sessions scheduled in Fond du Lac, Baraboo and Milwaukee

A National Board Certification Informational Session is scheduled in Fond du Lac on Thursday, September 22, at 4:15 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. They will be held in the tech center at the district administration office, 72 W 9th St.

An informational session will also be held at the WEAC Region 5 office in Baraboo Thursday, October 6 at 5:00 p.m.

WEAC members and non-members are welcome to attend these sessions. For more information contact Jeff Baas at BaasJ@weac.org.

In Milwaukee, a two-day National Board Jump Start seminar is scheduled for October 8 and October 22. This two-day comprehensive seminar (both days are required) is designed to provide National Board candidates with important information about the certification process, time to examine component and Assessment Center requirements, the opportunity to plan how to meet requirements, and time to collaborate, gather resources and gain information needed to pursue certification. It is being held at the Milwaukee Teachers’ Education Association offices at 5130 W. Vliet St.

FIND OUT MORE AND REGISTER HERE FOR THE MILWAUKEE JUMP START SESSION

Find out more about National Board Certification.

 

21 WEAC members earn National Board Certification in 2015

NBCT_120pxTwenty-one WEAC members achieved certification through the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, joining 1,826 nationwide who newly earned the National Board Certified Teacher (NBCT) credential in 2015.

“Congratulations to our new National Board Certified teachers,” said State Superintendent Tony Evers. “It takes a true commitment to teaching our children and to the teaching profession to earn this credential. I commend these educators for completing this rigorous process.”

Statewide 972 teachers in Wisconsin’s schools are now certified by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards. They are among more than 112,000 board certified teachers nationwide. Certification consists of four components: written assessment of content knowledge, reflection on student work samples, video and analysis of teaching practice, and documented impact and accomplishments as a teaching professional. The voluntary process can be completed over one to three years.

Wisconsin is among approximately two-thirds of states that provide salary incentives and cover some costs to achieve the advanced credential. Those who teach in state schools can receive up to $2,000 to reimburse the cost of earning national board certification. Among requirements to receive nine annual stipends of $2,500, teachers must remain employed as Wisconsin educators and be rated “effective” or “highly effective” in the applicable educator effectiveness system. Wisconsin teachers who work in high-need, high-poverty schools in the state can receive an additional $2,500 annually. In addition, teachers with a Wisconsin Professional Educator License can qualify for the Wisconsin Master Educator License after earning NBCT certification.

Wisconsin is ranked 20th in the nation for the number of teachers certified by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards.

The newly certified WEAC members are:

Belleville School District
Meredith Smith
, Belleville High School
Adolescence and Young Adulthood/Science

Beloit School District
Janet Albert of Janesville, Morgan Elementary School
Middle Childhood/Generalist

Terri Ross of Evansville, Merrill Elementary School
Early Childhood/Generalist

Franklin Public School District
Kathryn Egan
of Wind Lake, Forest Park Middle School
Early Adolescence/Social Studies-History

Germantown School District
Colleen Schowalter of Colgate, Rockfield Elementary School
Middle Childhood/Generalist

Hartford Union High School District
Kathryn Herrmann, Hartford Union High School
Adolescence and Young Adulthood/English Language Arts

Janesville School District
Andrea Behn, Parker High School
Early Adolescence through Young Adulthood/World Languages Other Than English

Christine Munch of Beloit, Adams Elementary School
Early Adolescence/English Language Arts

Madison Metropolitan School District
Sara Batesky
, Sandburg Elementary School
Early Childhood/Generalist

Edith Mileham, Van Hise Elementary School
Early Childhood/Generalist

Marinette School District
Sarah Johnston
of Menominee, Mich., Marinette Middle School
Early Adolescence/English Language Arts

Brianne Lange, Marinette Middle School
Early Adolescence/English Language Arts

Menomonee Falls School District
Jessica Gieryn
of West Bend, North Middle School
Early Adolescence/English Language Arts

Milwaukee Public Schools
Stacy Knetter
, Reagan College Preparatory High School
Adolescence and Young Adulthood/Science

Matthew Turner, Riverside University High School
Adolescence and Young Adulthood/Social Studies-History

Nicolet Union High School District
Kristin Susedik
of Franklin, Nicolet High School
Early Childhood through Young Adulthood/Exceptional Needs Specialist

Northland Pines School District
Ann Marie Perry
of Sayner, Northland Pines High School
Adolescence and Young Adulthood/Science

Mary Wait of Land O Lakes, Northland Pines High School
Adolescence and Young Adulthood/English Language Arts

Plymouth Joint School District
Tina Henriksen
, Plymouth High School
Adolescence and Young Adulthood/Science

Saint Croix Falls School District
Suzanne Imhoff
of Frederic, Saint Croix Falls High School
Early Adolescence through Young Adulthood/Art

Siren School District
Jill Tinman
, Siren Elementary School
Middle Childhood/Generalist

Read the Department of Public Instruction news release for the complete list of Wisconsin’s 37 newly certified teachers.