Congratulations to the nine Bellevue School District educators who became National Board Certified Teachers this year!

Earning National Board certification is a rigorous, multi-year process. It is the highest credential available to educators in which they demonstrate an ongoing commitment to the educations of students, as well as to their own professional development.

Bellevue educators who earned the prestigious distinction this year are: Martha Forbes, Megan James, Tara Jones, Shanna McLean, Zelda Menard, Laura Nivinskus, Gina Ray, Jeffrey Unck, and Cathleen Wilkens.

Bellevue has the greatest total number of National Board Certified Teachers in Washington state and ranks among the top 30 school districts nationwide.

“The National Board certification process is not easy,” State Superintendent of Public Instruction Rand Dorn said in a press release. “It takes content knowledge and commitment to student learning. I’m proud of the work these teachers have done for their students and their profession.”


The Bellevue School District acknowledges that we learn, work, live and gather on the Indigenous Land of the Coast Salish peoples, specifically the Duwamish and Snoqualmie Tribes. We thank these caretakers of this land, who have lived and continue to live here, since time immemorial.