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National Board-Certified Teachers Recognized

National Board-Certified Teachers Recognized
NBC Teachers at January 10 board meeting

Port Angeles School District instructors Shawne Johnson and Susan Heyer have earned their National Board Certification (NBC), and Laurie Day and Bill Prorok have successfully renewed their National Board Certification.

Shawne Johnson teaches art at Port Angeles High School. 

Susan Heyer is an instructional coach and the highly Capable Coordinator for Port Angeles School District.

Laurie Day teaches eighth grade language arts at Stevens Middle School.

Bill Prorok teaches sixth grade at Roosevelt Elementary School.

National Board Certification was designed to develop, retain and recognize accomplished teachers and to generate ongoing improvement in schools nationwide.  It is the most respected professional certification available in K – 12 education.

“I can honestly say that this was the most authentic, rigorous, and relevant learning experience I've ever engaged in as an educator,” said Shawne Johnson.  “It was personally and professionally rewarding on so many levels.” 

To become a Board-certified teacher, eligible candidates must demonstrate advanced knowledge, skills, and practice in their individual certificate area by completing four components:  three portfolio entries and a computer-based assessment.  This process takes months to complete.

“The experience was grueling and rather humbling in the midst of developing authentic and exciting work for students that has true relevance on their pathway to post-secondary life and careers”, said Susan Heyer. “It would not have been possible without the support, guidance, and positive attributes provided by family, friends, colleagues, and a focused cohort of other teachers in the same pursuit.” 

NBC teachers must undergo a renewal process periodically.  If you certified prior to 2017, your National Board Certification was awarded for a period of 10 years. As a National Board-Certified Teacher, you must complete the renewal process prior to your certification end date and you can only renew certification in your original certificate area. During each renewal decade, NBCTs have two opportunities to renew their certification; first in the eighth/eighteenth year and for a second time during the ninth/nineteenth year.

“The renewal process for National Boards involved a lot of writing where we were asked to describe, analyze and reflect on the changes that have occurred in our curriculums and classrooms over the last ten years,” explained Bill Prorok.  “Life is full of change and it certainly is true in education.”

“Through the renewal process I enjoyed demonstrating that advances in technology and current research when paired with experience can bring learning to a whole new level for our students,” said Laurie Day.  “I have enjoyed the challenge of growth and continual learning that National Boards encourages.”

“A big thank you to John Henry, Port Angeles High School math instructor, who provides support and guidance to all teachers throughout the process, and to our district's leadership who continue their support and encouragement,” said Day.

Port Angeles School District currently has 25 teachers who have earned their NBC.

For more information on National Board Certification, go to www.nbpts.org/.

(photo by Patsene Dashiell/PASD) Four teachers received recognition for earning or renewing their national board certification during the January 10 school board meeting.  From left:  Chuck Lisk (assistant superintendent), Marty Brewer (superintendent), Susan Heyer (newly NBC), Dr. Sandy Long (board president), Bill Prorok (NBC renewal), Laurie Day (NBC renewal) and Shawne Johnson (newly NBC), shown below.

Shawne Johnson