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Pictured are (back row from left) Heather LaVarnway, Deana Anderson,
Mike Adam, Dale
Vajko (front row from left) Marianne Colburn,
and Geana Papp

Fox 11 News Report

Six staff members from the Beecher-Dunbar-Pembine School District recently earned the distinction of becoming National Board Certified Teachers (NBCT) through the National Board of Professional Teaching Standards. This nonprofit organization was formed in 1987 to promote and advance the quality of teaching and learning by developing professional standards for accomplished teaching. Through a rigorous professional certification process, teachers are expected to demonstrate mastery of teaching practice and content knowledge by creating

a portfolio of evidence for accomplished teaching and taking a three-hour certification exam.  The certification process, which can take anywhere from one to three years to complete, is comparable to those found in other premier professions such as accounting, engineering, and law.  NBCTs go on to be leaders in the education field, including serving as mentors to other teachers and advisors to policy makers. In 2012, there were 936 teachers nationally certified in Wisconsin. Beecher-Dunbar-Pembine School District is pleased to have a quarter of its teaching staff recognized as having this advanced certification.