National Board Certification

Category : Awards

6 PVSchools Educators Earn National Board Certified Teachers Distinction, 2 Renewal of Credentials

Friday , February 07 , 2020

Considered the “gold standard” by educators, the National Board certification process establishes a mindset for teachers by constantly evaluating and improving on classroom practices. 

PVSchools is proud to have six teachers complete the rigorous process to earn the elite status of being National Board Certified Teachers (NBCTs), and two teachers renewed their credentials. National Board Certification is the most respected professional certification available in education.

PVSchools newest NBCTs are:

  • Bryan Cunningham, teacher on assignment at Palomino Primary School
  • Shannon Giovannoli, an English teacher at Pinnacle High School
  • Marisol Leto, an English teacher at North Canyon High School
  • Tasha Lindsay, a social studies teacher at North Canyon High School
  • Nancy Rieckhoff, a preschool teacher at Cactus View Elementary School
  • ElizaBeth Warner, a gifted mentor with the Gifted Education Department

NBCT Renewal:

  • Christine Brandell Melendez, a photography teacher at Paradise Valley High School
  • Nancy Stanton, a gifted cluster coach at Pinnacle Peak Preparatory School

Superintendent Jesse Welsh, Ed.D., noted, “Having scored for National Board, I know how rigorous the process is and how much work goes into applying for NBCT certification. It is a great professional growth opportunity to go through the process. We are so proud of the dedication of these teachers to their craft to rise to this highest level of professional accomplishment.”

Only three percent of the U.S. teaching force has achieved National Board Certified Teachers certification. This intensive, multi-year certification process helps elevate the quality of teachers with its focus on classroom practices, standards-based instruction, and student achievement.

For teachers interested in pursuing NBCT certification, funding assistance is available through the Arizona K12 Center.