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20 Teachers Earn National Certification

Twenty teachers in the Long Beach Unified School District recently earned National Board Certification, the highest professional distinction in teaching.

More than 160 teachers here have earned the honor over the years.  The rigorous certification is a year-long process that involves submitting portfolios, videotaping classroom instruction and participating in a day of written exercises.  National Board for Professional Teaching Standards Certification is the nation's only advanced teacher certification.

The newest nationally certified teachers are Dori Bradbury-Hicks, Signal Hill; Alicia Castillo, Lafayette; Kelsey Cooper, Whittier; Whitney Gomes, Jordan; Thuyvi Nguyen, Muir; Heather Peterson, Newcomb; Juliette Prince, CAMS; Julie Santana, Cubberley; Jessica Castaneira, Gant; Yoshiko Okamoto, Hoover; Ruth Mohr-Silofau, Wilson; and Stacy Burgraff, Newcomb.

Teachers who recently earned renewal of the certification are Kari Milton, Bancroft; Dianne Swanson, Los Cerritos; Elizabeth Curtis, Burbank; Stanley Enge, Wilson; Gregory Hodel, Jordan; Diana Spooner, Lincoln; Laura H. Castillo, McBride; and Pamela Penn, Marshall.

Each of the teachers was honored at this week’s Board of Education meeting.