Fourteen teachers in the Cherry Creek School District earned National Board Certification in 2012, according to the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS), which sets the standards for teaching excellence and administers the rigorous National Board Certification program. The Cherry Creek School District now has 103 National Board Certified teachers, the third most in the state of Colorado.
National Board Certified teachers have successfully demonstrated advanced teaching knowledge, skills and practices. Certification is achieved through a rigorous, performance-based assessment that typically takes one to three years to complete.
Grandview High School math teacher Michelle Von Tilius earned her certification this year and believes the long, demanding process was well worth it.
“I pursued National Board Certification because I was ready to take a new, more focused look at my teaching practice,” Von Tilius said. “My pursuit modeled for my students the importance and value of being a life-long learner and always striving to be better. My students now have a teacher who is more reflective, more aware, and always working to be the best teacher she can be.”
The Cherry Creek Schools teachers who achieved National Board Certification in 2012 are:
Christine Avery, English, Eaglecrest High School
Jennifer Bailey, Math, Grandview High School
Tina Barber, English, Cherokee Trail High School
Emilie Cross, Science, Smoky Hill High School
Gregory Ganguli, Social Studies, Falcon Creek Middle School
Charles Kastens, Independence Elementary
Kelly Landen, English, Overland High School
Jennifer Langlotz, Music, Trails West Elementary
Bradley Luetkenhaus, Social Studies, Grandview High School
Kimberly Mitchell, Math, Grandview High School
Kelly Osuna, World Languages, Overland High School
Shelly Rodell, Sagebrush Elementary
Michelle Von Tilius, Math, Grandview High School
Jodi Weeks, Science, Smoky Hill High School
“Earning National Board Certification is a challenging task and demonstrates the deep level of dedication and commitment these educators have to their profession and their students,” said Superintendent Mary Chesley. “We are grateful that they are willing to take their teaching to an ever-higher level to ensure that each and each and every one of their students succeed.”
Nationally, less than two percent of teachers have earned National Board Certification. In 2012, 4,980 teachers achieved National Board Certification, bringing the total number of National Board Certified teachers nationwide to 102,237. All 50 states, the District of Columbia and more than 700 local school districts recognize National Board Certification as a mark of distinction and excellence.