Sammamish, Wash., January 17, 2020 – Eastside Catholic School is proud to celebrate High School World Languages Teacher Maria Granda who recently completed the challenging process of earning National Board Certification in World Languages – Spanish.
“Congratulations to Maria Granda on receiving her NBCT certificate, considered to be the most respected professional certification for K-12 teachers,” High School Principal Barbara Swann said. “National Board Certified Teachers spend hundreds of hours studying, and they possess a core understanding of their content area, their students, data and pedagogy. Felicitaciones Sra. Granda!”
“Achieving this certification meant hard work and perseverance,” Maria Granda said. “I feel honored to be amongst a group of teachers who are committed to developing and improving our skills to best serve our students.”
In addition to Ms. Granda’s recent certification, 11 other Eastside Catholic faculty members were previously awarded National Board Certification:
• Piper Deardorff, High School Social Studies
• Sean Henderson, High School Mathematics
• Jeff LaBelle, High School English
• Amanda Longo, High School Mathematics
• Danielle Maletta, High School Mathematics and Robotics
• Tara Maloney, High School Science
• Megan McDermott, High School Visual Arts
• Aimee O’Donnell, High School English
• Jessica Rice, High School English
• Lisa Snow, High School English
• Erin Vickers, Middle School Science
National Board Certification is an advanced teaching credential and is predicated on a teacher’s ability and dedication to five core areas:
1. Commitment to students and their learning
2. Knowledge of the subjects they teach and how to teach these subjects to students
3. Responsibility for managing and monitoring student learning
4. Systematic approaches regarding teaching practices and continuous improvement as an educator
5. Membership in professional learning communities
Substantial time and energy are expended by an educator in pursuit of National Board Certification. Over and above a teacher’s typical workload, the certification process requires a teacher to analyze their teaching context and students’ needs, submit videos of their teaching and provide student work samples that demonstrate growth and achievement.
Applicants must also submit a reflective analysis that demonstrates a strong command of content and showcases their ability to design appropriate learning experiences that advance student learning. The process typically takes more than a year to complete.