Dr. Jonathan Gillentine earns first teacher leader license

Jonathan Gillentine

Congratulations to teacher and HSTA Board Member, Jonathan Gillentine!

New License Field – Teacher Leader


The Hawaii Teacher Standards Board has issued the first license with the new field of “Teacher Leader” to Dr. Jonathan Gillentine.  This new license field was created to recognize Hawaii teachers who serve in a leadership capacity other than school administration. There has been a growing trend in the US to support teachers who want to serve in a leadership role to support effective teaching.

In order for an individual to add the field of Teacher Leader to an existing Standard or Advanced Hawaii Teaching License, he or she must have their administrator verify that they have fulfilled a leadership role that supports teaching and learning for a minimum of four semesters within the last five years and meet one of the following methods to verify expertise:

1. Completion of a preparation program in Teacher Leadership:
a. Post-baccalaureate, master’s, or doctoral degree/program/certificate or thirty credit hours of coursework in Teacher Leadership at an accredited institution of higher education; or
b. School district sponsored programs, such as the Hawaii DOE Teacher Leader Academy;
2. License, certificate or endorsement from another state as a Teacher Leader;
3. Passing score on the ETS Praxis Instructional Facilitator Assessment;
4. NBPTS Certification in any field offered by NBPTS;
5. Job embedded experience verifying leadership expertise as identified by the Board.

Teachers may download the Teacher Leader application by CLICKING HERE.

Dr. Gillentine, a National Board Certified Teacher, takes great joy in being Hawaii’s first licensed Teacher Leader. He certified as an NBPTS Early Childhood – Generalist in 2003 and renewed that status in 2012. Among many awards, he received the 2012 Horace Mann Award from the National Education Association Foundation and traveled to China as a Pearson Global Learning Fellow. Later that year he was selected as an America Achieves Teacher Fellow and has since worked on several impact projects to elevate teaching practice, education policy, and public commentary on education. He recently presented a session at the inaugural Teaching & Learning 2014 Conference of the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards.

Earlier this year, Dr. Gillentine left his post after twenty years as a preschool inclusion teacher at Rev. Benjamin Parker School to serve as Early Learning Specialist for Windward District. He is continuing his path of leadership by assisting the Executive Office on Early Learning to promote preschool classrooms for public schools, which will help to meet the needs of children affected by the change in Kindergarten entry age. He is passionate about early learning, especially for preschool children.

The HTSB congratulates Dr. Gillentine on this milestone and looks forward to issuing the new field to other Hawaii teacher leaders.

MORE INFORMATION:  Applications are available on the Hawaii Teacher Standards Board Web site (http://www.htsb.org/licensing-permits/forms/)  Forms Page under “Adding a Teaching Field.”

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