Congratulations to the 31 Bellevue teachers who recently achieved National Board certification and the 43 Bellevue teachers who achieved National Board renewal this year!  Bellevue School District employs more than 400 National Board Certified Teachers (NBCTs).  According to the National Board, Bellevue currently ranks 19th out of all public school districts nationwide in terms of the number of NBCTs who have earned the distinction.

By applying for National Board certification, Bellevue educators volunteer to put their teaching skills and content knowledge up against the highest standards in the nation. Teachers meet after school and on weekends to discuss their teaching, curriculum, and assessment tools and to evaluate video of one another teaching. This work is assembled into a portfolio that is submitted to the National Board.  In addition, each candidate takes a three-hour exam on the content they teach. Both the test and the portfolio complete their application to the National Board.

New Certifications

  • Sarah Anderson
  • Kristin Barna
  • Kay Chikos
  • Christine Choi
  • Anita Damjanovic
  • Zachary Daniels
  • Mary Davis
  • Andrew Day
  • Sergio de Santiago Dominguez
  • Melissa Deutsch
  • Regan Edwards
  • Megan Feder
  • Ashley Good
  • Tanya James
  • Lauren Jensen
  • Irene Kearns
  • Laura Lavaris
  • Lisa Marley
  • Tatem Mitchell
  • Marti Nelson-Frazier
  • Megan O’Hare
  • Krista Palmquist
  • Tamorah Redshaw
  • Jennifer Rose
  • Michael Saltz
  • Emily Shriver
  • Alexandra Smallwood
  • Lauren Smallwood
  • Jennifer Strehle
  • Thad Williams
  • Melody Wu

Renewals

  • Myra Arnone
  • Jason Benda
  • Mary Boettcher
  • Gerald Borth
  • Mary Bramzel
  • Jeffrey Bright
  • Monica Chapman
  • Nicole Cominski
  • Alison Coombs
  • Thomas Danielsen
  • Kimberly Driscoll
  • Rhonda Eastman
  • Lisa Falkenhagen
  • Nancy Foster
  • Edward George
  • Bryona Golding
  • Rocio Gonzalez
  • Maureen Hallock
  • Robert Hallock
  • Elizabeth Hayden
  • Nathaniel Heffter
  • Jolinda Hernandez
  • Shira Katsman
  • Jens Lander
  • Joseph Libolt
  • Anthony Marble
  • Scott Marcum
  • Lisa McCaskey
  • Andrew McMaster
  • Kelly Mechling
  • Julia Meyering
  • Elizabeth Mizrahi
  • Danielle Neil
  • Leigh Nelson
  • Eric Nelson
  • Jacob Nonis
  • Peter Orgill
  • Randi Peterson
  • Robert Prufer
  • Leslie Stephens
  • Tamara Truax
  • LeAnn Tuupo
  • Susan Wilson

“Congratulations to all of our new NBCTs,” said Chris Reykdal, Superintendent of Public Instruction. “The hard work, determination, and relentless self-reflection it took to get to this point is a major accomplishment. We are delighted to again welcome the largest class of new NBCTs in the country.”

BSD teachers are supported in their pursuit of National Board certification by the district and the generosity of Bellevue Schools Foundation donors. The district’s financial contribution of $550 per teacher toward candidacy fees helps ease the financial burden placed on staff.  This year the Bellevue Schools Foundation contributed $30,000 to fund content-area facilitators and a videographer.

To learn more about National Board certification, view OSPI’s press release.