Hawaii’s National Board Certified Teachers Celebrated This Week

HSTA Vice President Joan Kamila Lewis spoke from the heart, teacher to teacher at the Oahu NBCT recognition ceremony about what it means to be called to the teaching profession. 

“We must do this together.”  In addition to acknowledging the additional work required during the certification process, she thanked families, friends, and colleagues for supporting the teachers through their certification journey and the teachers’ commitment to doing the very best they can for our students. 

“You stand as true leaders.”  Lewis encouraged the NBCT teachers to continue leading in their schools, classrooms, and profession. 

Friends, families, and colleagues joined in celebrations across the state to honor the recent class of National Board Certified Teachers.

On Oahu, Kehau Glasco and Tracey Indica welcomed the group to a recognition ceremony held in the Hawaii State Capitol Auditorium. 

State Senator Michelle Kidani (Chair, Senate Committee on Education), Superintendent Kathyrn Matayoshi, and Kapolei High School teacher and HSTA Vice President Joan Kamila Lewis congratulated the teachers.  On behalf of the Hawaii Teachers Standards Board, Terry Holck received a proclamation presented by Governor David Ige.  Mrs. Ige also attended the ceremonies.

The celebration was planned by Kamehameha Schools and the Hawaii State Teachers Association.

65 National Board Certified teachers were honored at celebrations on Maui (January 27), Big Island (January 28), and Oahu (January 29). The Governor read a proclamation declaring January 29 National Board Celebration Day. The new Senate Education Committee Chair, Senator Michelle Kidani, congratulated the honorees and provided insight to her bill that would reinstate an additional bonus for NBCTs that work at Title 1 schools, or other DOE designations. The State Superintendent and HSTA Vice President also congratulated the honorees, asking them to honor their commitment by leading the profession and setting a strong example for all educators to follow. In the audience on Oahu, as well as neighbor islands, were NBCTs honored in years prior as well as legislators (Representative Takumi), family and friends. HSTA would like to thank Camille Romero and Kamehameha Schools for organizing a beautiful ceremony and reception that recognized the accomplishments of the state-wide NBCTs, inclusive of private and public schools. HSTA looks forward to continuing the collaboration with Kamehameha Schools in supporting the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards.

National Board certified teachers should contact Tracey Idica, HSTA NBCT Network Chair, to learn more about invitations to the free NBCT Dinner Symposium on 4/17/15 at 6:30pm (Ala Moana Hotel).
Tracey Idica (.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)) is an AP English Teacher at Aiea HS. The HSTA NBCT Network is not an HSTA committee, but rather a local affiliate of the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards.

Public school teachers who obtained the National Board Certification teaching credential this year:

» Lisa Belen, Aliamanu Elementary
» Julie Bonilla, Holomua Elementary
» Donna Campbell, Kaewai Elementary
» Felisa Ednie, Aliamanu Elementary
» Lance Fujioka, Mililani-Uka Elementary
» Laurie Ishida, Makalapa Elementary
» Sara Kinyon, Kaelepulu Elementary
» Mahealani Kiyan, Nanaikapono Elementary
» Andrea Kubo-Nakasone, Mililani Waena Elementary
» Kristin Lindquist, Waianae High
» Kaiewa Muranaka, Mililani High
» Shareen Murayama, Kaiser High
» Alicia Nakamitsu, Aiea High
» Joy Okano, Moanalua High
» Kelly Sceppe, Makaha Elementary
» Julia Segawa, Stevenson Middle
» Sherry Takenishi, Kaahumanu Elementary

» Whitney Aragaki, Waiakea High
» Joel Behr, Pahoa High & Intermediate
» William Keith Blackburn, Pahoa High & Intermediate
» Lacey Cabral, Keaau High
» Gabrielle Chong, Keaau High
» Victoria Couture, Kealakehe Intermediate
» Shannon Harbaugh, Pahoa High & Intermediate
» Nancy Iaukea, Pahoa High & Intermediate
» Shari Jumalon, Konawaena Middle
» Elizabeth Laliberte, Hilo High
» Daniel Lewer, Honokaa High & Intermediate
» Robin Miller, Prince Kalanianaole Elementary & Intermediate
» Kahanu Nguyen, Prince Kalanianaole Elementary & Intermediate
» Megan Oberg, Mountain View Elementary
» Michelle Obregon, Konawaena High
» Layne Takahashi, Waiakea High
» Rochelle Tamiya, Hilo Intermediate
» Kathy Tsugawa, Prince Kalanianaole Elementary & Intermediate

» Julia De George, Molokai High
» George Helfenstine, Iao Intermediate
» Abby Markulis, King Kamehameha III Elementary
» Jessica Mathias, Kamalii Elementary
» Nathanial Mickelson, Maui High
» Bryan Molina, Lokelani Intermediate
» Amanda Shim, Kula Elementary
» Muriel Warne, Pukalani Elementary

» Shelly Cassler, Koloa Elementary
» Michelle Jenkins, Kapaa Elementary
» Adam Yund, Kapaa Elementary

Lisa Chang
Raejean Gamiao, Central
Angela Miyashiro, Hawaii
Diane Murakami
Dianne Pang, Honolulu
Saundra Takara, Central

HSTA members are among 4,000 teachers across the nation to earn National Board Certification

National Board Certification is one of many pathways for teachers to be recognized as accomplished practitioners in their profession. It’s so much more than a certificate that hangs on a wall or an acronym after a teacher’s name. It’s a challenging process that allows good teachers to reflect on their practices—what works and what they can improve upon. We salute our members who have invested themselves in this rigorous process and are excited about what it means for the students they serve.

Washington State gained the most NBCTs with 946 teachers achieving in 2014, with 14 percent of the statewide teaching workforce now Board certified. States that experienced the largest growth in their ranks of NBCTs were Wyoming (16 percent), Washington (13 percent) and Hawaii (12 percent). North Carolina continues to lead the nation with 20,611 teachers in the state achieving Board certification to date. Each of these states benefits from strong systems of peer support and mentoring for candidates, state and district incentives for certification, and recognition of the importance of Board certification from union leaders to state legislators.

National Board Certification is available in 25 certificate areas from Pre-K−12th grades. Research has shown that the students of NBCTs learn more than their peers in other classrooms, which is why many states and districts offer incentives for teachers to pursue Board certification.

About the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (http://www.nbpts.org):
The founding mission of the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards is to advance the quality of teaching and learning by: (1) maintaining high and rigorous standards for what accomplished teachers should know and be able to do; (2) providing a national voluntary system certifying teachers who meet these standards; and (3) advocating related education reforms to integrate National Board Certification in American education and to capitalize on the expertise of National Board Certified Teachers. Recognized as the “gold standard” in teacher certification, the National Board believes higher standards for teachers means better learning for students.


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New Hawaii group for Board Certified teachers

A statewide network for National Board Certified Teachers, candidates, and supporters of the National Board is a new opportunity for teachers. 

All NBCTs are invited to join the NBPTS Network Affiliate, called “HSTA NBCTs.”  This organization will be a venue for teachers to connect with Association leadership opportunities, professional development events, research, politics, and advocacy for National Board Certification.

The mission of the group is:
To advance the quality of teaching and learning by supporting a collaborative network of NBCTs, candidates and other professionals, to connect network participants with teacher leadership opportunities, and to promote the sharing of ideas and expertise within our network, HSTA and HTSB.

Please join us by completing a membership form at: http://tinyurl.com/kjk6gob
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