Congratulations to the Bellevue School District educators, Jason Clark, Steven Duston and Jannette Rotz, who became National Board Certified in 2016.

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 education of students, as well as to their own professional development.

Washington certified 87 new teachers this year, and 271 teachers renewed their certificate.  This is the last year teachers can certify under the old certification process, which resulted in fewer certifications nationally this year.  Washington ranks fourth nationwide in the total number of national board certified teachers.

“I’m extremely proud of our role as a leader in the National Board program,” said Randy Dorn, superintendent of public instruction in a press release.  “By continuing to support teachers through this rigorous certification process, we’re saying ‘Teaching matters, and it’s a profession worth investing in.”