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National Board Certified Teachers

Teachers recognized during board meeting.

During a recent board meeting, we recognized Kent School District teachers who have achieved their National Board Certification by meeting the rigorous standards set by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards. In addition, 16 teachers and one assistant principal have achieved recertification of their credentials and about 30 of our teachers are in the process of achieving this advanced teaching credential.
This certification was developed to recognize accomplished teachers and to continuously improve schools across the U.S. and supports two of our strategic goals:

  • Goal One: Preparing all students to be college and career  ready by raising the academic and social-emotional learning bar and closing the PreK-16 gaps to student achievement and college completion
  • Goal Four: Recruit, hire, develop, and retain a diverse and premier workforce, including increasing National Board certification for teachers by 10 percent to reach 25 percent by 2021. 

The certification process, which can take up to three years, involves a teaching demonstration and candidates typically invest 200-400 hours creating a portfolio to be assessed. We partner with the Kent Education Association to provide support for educators who choose to pursue this certification.

Charlene Vermilion, our K-6 English Language Arts Program Specialist and Principal Intern, achieved this accomplishment in 2011 and is the lead facilitator for the program.  

“I have been privileged to walk alongside most of these accomplished educators as they worked to develop and demonstrate their expertise as a National Board Certificated Teacher,” she said. “The schools they work in and students they teach benefit each and every day from their efforts. They use their knowledge of students to provide fairness, equity, and access to an excellent education while engaging parents and the community to share in the work.” 

Please join us in congratulating our incredible educators for this prestigious accomplishment! 

2018-19 National Board Candidates

Eric Andersen
Jennifer Appel  
Cortney Arp 
Erika Dockter 
Jenny Douglas 
Russell Hanson 
Lindsay Jarvis 
Tawona Kubena 
Aimee Leonce 
Jennifer Nichols 
Reby Parsley 
Terasa Snoozy 
Jonathan Welhouse 


Considering pursuing National Board Candidacy?

We are holding an information session for anyone interested in applying for candidacy in the 2019-20 school year. Join us on May 28 at 4:30 p.m. in the Board Room at the Administration Building.  
Please complete this RSVP form to let us know you’re coming