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January 16, 2007

98 New York teachers earn profession's highest recognition

Source: NYSUT Media Release

ALBANY, N.Y. January 16, 2007 - With a strong interest in strengthening the ongoing education of America's teachers, the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) recently announced the names of 98 New York teachers who have met the profession's most difficult challenge by earning national certification.

New York State United Teachers President Richard C. Iannuzzi congratulated the 98 newly board-certified teachers. "These extraordinary teachers have voluntarily gone beyond the requirements of our profession to reach a very high standard of excellence. That not only increases their proficiency, but elevates their students, their colleagues and the schools where they teach."

National Board Certification is developed by teachers, with teachers and for teachers. It is a symbol of professional teaching excellence that is offered on a voluntary basis. It complements, not replaces, state licensing.

"This is a momentous achievement and a tremendous boon for the districts in which these teachers serve," said NYSUT Vice President Maria Neira. "Many studies have shown that board-certified teachers add value to their classrooms, which will be essential in closing the achievement gap. These teachers represent the gold standard of teaching excellence." Neira was recently elected to the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, the organization that grants educators national certification.

"National Board Certification strengthens and reaffirms quality teaching strategies, adds further credibility to the teaching profession and has a positive impact on student learning," Neira said. "Research indicates that board-certified teachers have a measurable influence on teacher performance as well as student learning, engagement and achievement, particularly for students of color."

Since 1994, more than 55,000 teachers across the country have become board certified. In New York, 691 educators have achieved the credential. "We continue to trail states like North Carolina, Florida and South Carolina, which provide incentives," said Neira. She said the union will continue to seek resources to narrow the achievement gap.

NYSUT represents 575,000 teachers, school-related professionals, academic and professional faculty in higher education, professionals in education and health care and retirees. NYSUT is affiliated with the American Federation of Teachers, National Education Association and the AFL-CIO.

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2006 National Board Certified Teachers in New York State

In alphabetical order by school district:

Kirk Weiler
Arlington Central School District

Brian Battiston
Arlington Central School District

Stefanie Rice
Arlington Central School District

Katherine Croft
Arlington Central School District

Maribel Pregnall
Arlington Central School District

Marlene Colonna
Arlington Central School District

Karen Maher
Arlington Central School District

Theresa Martyn
Arlington Central School District

Susan Kilcrease
Arlington Central School District

Karen Gell
Arlington Central School District

Jenifer Jensen
Arlington Central School District

Christine Nofri
Boces Albany-Schoharie-Schenectady-Saratoga

Katie Dipierro
Boces Albany-Schoharie-Schenectady-Saratoga

Angela Caudill
Boces Jefferson-Lewis-Hamilton-Herkimer-Oneida

Mary Jo Jepson
Brighton Central School District

Eric Plaks
Bronx Charter School - Arts

Marlene Merzacco
Buffalo City School District

Anna Liu-Gorman
Cambridge Central School District

Dorothy Sundquist
Cambridge Central School District

Thomas Poplasky
Canandaigua City School District

Vernon Tenney
Canandaigua City School District

Alison Albright
Canandaigua City School District

Joan Hanley
Commack Union Free School District

Erica Chanowsky
Croton-Harmon Union Free School District

Heather Wollschleger
East Bloomfield Central School District

Elizabeth Fields
East Greenbush Central School District

Traci Gales
East Ramapo Central School District

Kathleen Kolb
East Syracuse-Minoa Central School District

Courtney Warren
Elmira City School District

Tanya Hunzek
Fairport Central School District

Sarah Beth Duhamel
Fairport Central School District

Steven Rivers
Fairport Central School District

John O'Gorman
Fairport Central School District

Leonard Eichler
Fayetteville-Manlius Central School District

Annmarie Cipollo
Glens Falls City School District

Michael Pipa
Guilderland Central School District

Alan Fiero
Guilderland Central School District

Aaron Sicotte
Guilderland Central School District

Carol Burch
Hannibal Central School District

Sherry Messier
Hoosic Valley Central School District

Henry Cline
Jamesville-Dewitt Central School District

Ronald Verderber
Jericho Union Free School District

Jennifer Matott
Liverpool Central School District

Anne-Marie Gordon
Livonia Central School District

Tonya Bickham-Chavers
Lockport City School District

Thomas Jordan
Mahopac Central School District

Mary Jo Hoeft
Marcellus Central School District

Joseph Narzymski
Middleburgh Central School District

Antoinette Depasquale
Middletown City School District

Ann Rodriguez-Garnica
Moriah Central School District

Elsie Figueroa
New York City Public Schools

Faith Kendall
New York City Public Schools

Nanette Klein
New York City Public Schools

Nanette Dougherty
New York City Public Schools

Christine Hanna
New York City Public Schools

Theresa Padula
New York City Public Schools

Julie Mccullough
New York City Public Schools

Nicholas Kuroly
New York City Public Schools

Danita Knight
New York City Public Schools

Sharon Griffith
New York City Public Schools

Olive Josuweit
New York City Public Schools

Kristy Delacruz
New York City Public Schools

Annmarie Donlon
New York City Public Schools

Kathleen O'Leary
New York City Public Schools

Lynn Tiede
New York City Public Schools

Laura Kump
New York City Public Schools

Stephanie Balascio
New York City Public Schools

Jaclyn Spano
New York City Public Schools

Tammara Brinkman
Newark Central School District

Theresa Smith
Newcomb Central School District

Shelley Gagnon
Newcomb Central School District

Lisa Bergmann
Ossining Union Free School District

Erica Olin
Ossining Union Free School District

Catherine Hornyak
Pearl River Union Free School District

Ella Harppinger
Queensbury Union Free School District

Anna Marie Bonafide
Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk Central School District

Heather Belanger
Rochester City School District

Khieta Davis
Rochester City School District

Juan Melendez
Rochester City School District

Lynn O'Brien
Rochester City School District

Roxane Gifaldi
Rochester City School District

Brian Usselman
Rush-Henrietta Central School District

Lisa Cooke
Rush-Henrietta Central School District

Julia Varble
Rush-Henrietta Central School District

Katherine Albers
Schenectady City School District

Shelley Dante
Schenectady City School District

Elizabeth Mars
Shenendehowa Central School District

Lisa Mickle
Shenendehowa Central School District

Carole Zacher
Shenendehowa Central School District

M Nicole Oshea-Holohan
South Huntington Union Free School District

Melanie Thomas
Spencerport Central School District

Mary Zanetti
Tri-Valley Central School District

Julie Oneill
Victor Central School District

Jan Soucier
Victor Central School District

Jane Cruce
Waterville Central School District

Karen Armstrong
Watkins Glen Central School District

Donna Mahar
West Genesee Central School District

Denise Riley
Windsor Central School District