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Two Teachers become National Board Certified

On December 6, Diana De La Cruz and Nick Madrid became National Board Certified Teachers. This is one of the most respected professional certifications a teacher can receive. ⁣

To qualify for the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards certification, one must be a licensed teacher with a bachelor's degree and at least three years of professional experience. Having met those prerequisites, a teacher may apply for certification in one of 25 specializations. The certification process includes four components:

  • A computerized test measuring subject and pedagogical knowledge
  • A portfolio of student work and an explanation of how it illustrates the teacher's capabilities
  • An in-classroom video and written analysis to demonstrate student interaction skills
  • An Effective and Reflective Practitioner component  created by the National Board
Only 3% of the nation's teachers successfully pass this rigorous, performance-based, peer-review program, demonstrating their proven impact on student learning and achievement. 
Walnut High School now has 6 active National Board Certified Teachers (The most in WVUSD):
      ▫️Jennifer Chalew ⁣
      ▫️Kellee Lyons⁣
      ▫️Jennifer Maletz⁣
      ▫️Jennifer Nicholls⁣
      ▫️Diana De La Cruz ⁣
      ▫️Nick Madrid⁣