FHSD Teachers Achieve National Board Certification

Posted on 02/17/2017
FHSD Teachers Achieve National Board Certification

The Francis Howell School District (FHSD) is proud to announce that seven teachers recently earned or renewed their National Board Certification, which is the highest credential in the teaching profession. The District now has 106 teachers who have achieved this distinction. 

The District congratulates Becky-David Elementary teacher Christi Kolath, FHSD’s newest National Board Certified teacher, as well as those who have renewed their certification - Janet Eubanks, Francis Howell High School; Diane Fingers, Francis Howell North; Roderick Laughman, Hollenbeck Middle School; Katie Mastorakos, Francis Howell Central High School; Jennifer Miller, Francis Howell Central High School; and Shelly Parks, Francis Howell North High School.

“In FHSD, we are proud to have such a large percentage of our staff obtain board certification because we know that our outstanding schools are a result of having outstanding teachers and staff,” said Chief Academic Officer Nicole Whitesell. 

National Board Certified Teachers are highly accomplished educators who meet high and rigorous standards. The certification, through the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS), is a voluntary process in which teachers work to advance the quality of teaching and learning. As part of this process, teachers analyze their teaching context and students’ needs, submit videos of their teaching, and provide student work samples that demonstrate growth in student learning over time.

Like board-certified doctors and accountants, teachers who achieve National Board Certification have met stringent standards through intensive study, expert evaluation, self-assessment and peer review. NBPTS offers 25 certificates that cover a variety of subject areas and student developmental levels. A National Board Teaching Certificate is valid for ten years with the opportunity to renew certification.


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