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December 11, 2008

National Board Certification: NYSUT cheers 93 teachers on attaining profession's highest standard

Source: NYSUT Media Relations

ALBANY, N.Y. December 11, 2008 - New York State United Teachers today applauded the accomplishments of 93 New York teachers who earned national certification from the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, a highly respected symbol of teaching excellence that directly benefits children in the classroom.

The 93 teachers who Tuesday learned that they had achieved national certification include five from Schenectady and three from Arlington in Dutchess County. In all, New York now has 880 teachers who, since 1994, have attained what is widely known as the "gold standard" of the teaching profession. A complete list of the 93 teachers who earned national recognition is available at www.nysut.org.

"National Board Certification is part of a growing education reform movement that is helping to reshape public education by developing, recognizing and retaining our best teachers," said NYSUT President Richard C. Iannuzzi. "Teachers who earn national certification have voluntarily met rigorous standards and we applaud their accomplishments."

NYSUT Vice President Maria Neira noted teachers who successfully achieve national certification must demonstrate mastery of teaching; show the effect of their teaching on student performance; prove knowledge of their subject area; their ability to manage and measure student learning; and reach out to parents and the community.

"New York is already home to the most skilled and professional teachers in the nation. The 880 teachers who have earned national certification have gone beyond the required master's degree and professional development requirements to voluntarily participate in a rigorous credentialing process," Neira said. "They are standard-bearers for the profession and our ambassadors for teaching excellence."

Neira added that National Board Certification – a voluntary process that takes most candidates 200-400 hours and more than a year to complete – is an effective strategy for closing the achievement gap. Neira noted 58 percent of New York's nationally certified teachers work in Title I schools. "In schools that are struggling, quality teaching, the use of 'best practice' in the classroom, and collaboration between teachers and the administration are essential. These teachers are helping to lead the way," Neira said.

NYSUT assists national board candidates by offering awareness programs, support and advice through online discussion forums, conferences and professional development through its Education & Learning Trust. The union works with the Greater Capital Region Teacher Center and other teacher centers to support candidates through the challenging board-certification process.

NYSUT represents 600,000 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.


2008-2009 National Board Certified Teachers

Melissa Anzalone-Haywood
Rochester City School District

Tracy Atkins Zoughlami
New York City Public Schools

Meredith Bernadt
Schenectady City School District

Donald Blaine
Cornwall Central School District

Michelle Boger
New York City Public Schools

Donna Caiet
Oceanside Union Free School District

Paula Carter
New York City Public Schools

Gisela Castillo
New York City Geographic District # 7

Lainie Christou
Niskayuna Central School District

Gregory Cole
Erie 2-Chautauqua-Cattaraugus Boces

Anne Marie Comaratta
No SD Provided

Phyllis Conlin
Putnam Valley Central School District

Kyle Crandall
Rochester City School District

Lauren Crill
Cornwall Central School District

Deanna Cudahy
Niagara Falls City School District

Elizabeth Cushing
Albany City School District

Elizabeth De Angelis
New York City Public Schools

Kathleen Dodge
Massena Central School District

Jodi Dooley
Rhinebeck Central School District

Tracy Durkee
Homer Central School District

Todd Feldman
Canandaigua City School District

Elizabeth Foran
Rochester City School District

Frances Fuchs Lohnes
Saratoga Springs City School District

Maggie Fuller
Albany City School District

Lisa Funk
Syosset Central School District

Sean Gilroy
Putnam Valley Central School District

Maura Gilsinan
Rush-Henrietta Central School District

Heidi Gleason
East Greenbush Central School District

Joan Haefner
Canandaigua City School District

Phoebe Hanshew
New York City Public Schools

Jason Harshman
West Irondequoit Central School District

Steven Hertzog
Arlington Central School District

Douglas Hoyne
Glens Falls City School District

Theresa Hunter
East Syracuse-Minoa Central School Distric

Patricia Johnson
Schenectady City School District

Eva Kaplan
Syosset Central School District

Heidi Kazulak
Lewiston-Porter Central School District

Sally Kemink
Arlington Central School District

Michael Lamb
New York City Geographic District # 7

Norman Lein
Rush-Henrietta Central School District

James Longwell-Stevens
New York City Geographic District #14

Geralyn Marasco
Manhasset Union Free School District

Valerie Mathews
Nyack Union Free School District

James Mcdougal
No SD Provided

Stephanie Mclaughlin
Syosset Central School District

Robyn-Ellen Messare
Shenendehowa Central School District

Nancyann Militello
Kenmore-Tonawanda Union Free School Distri

Jennifer Moore
Croton-Harmon Union Free School District

Kimberly Moore
New York City Public Schools

Nicole Mothershed
Campbell-Savona Central School District

Colleen Mutchler-Santoli
Cornwall Central School District

Charlotte Naples
Saratoga Springs City School District

Thomas Naughton
Croton-Harmon Union Free School District

Jeffery Noto
Mahopac Central School District

Jennifer Nouri
Syosset Central School District

Ann Obrien
Granville Central School District

Susan Olekoski
Schenectady City School District

Pattiann Orazio
Nyack Union Free School District

Emilce Ortiz
New York City Geographic District # 6

Marc Ouimet
Arlington Central School District

Christine Palladino
Baldwin Union Free School District

Keith Pedzich
Canandaigua City School District

Shawn Peisher
Phelps-Clifton Springs Central School Dist

Elisa Pepe
Schalmont Central School District

Yvonne Pierce
Red Hook Central School District

Rebecca Pisani
Holland Patent Central School District

Arthur Plichta
Newburgh City School District

Keith Pollizatto
Schenectady City School District

James Porta
Brighton Central School District

Sarah Pulcher
Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk Central School Dis

Jason Raymond
New York City Public Schools

Patricia Reich
Sweet Home Central School District

Elisa Rosen
Hendrick Hudson Central School District

Melissa Rossano
Putnam Valley Central School District

Gary Rothenbucher
Hunter-Tannersville Central School Distric

Miriam Santana Valadez
Rochester City School District

Bethany Schill
Spencerport Central School District

Edward Schmitt
Putnam Valley Central School District

Kristin Schoenleber-Fontan
Croton-Harmon Union Free School District

Rose Sicilia
Schenectady City School District

Thomas Siembor
Wayne Central School District

Jennifer Sloma
New York City Public Schools

Sarah Spoto
Phelps-Clifton Springs Central School Dist

Kim Sprenger
Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake Central School D

Catherine St. Croix
Lowville Academy & Central School District

Anita Stabrowski
Broadalbin-Perth Central School District

Betsy Tanenhaus
Albany City School District

Sylvia Tellaeche
Cortland City School District

Valerie Tundo
Kenmore-Tonawanda Union Free School Distri

Kristine Vanduyne
Canandaigua City School District

Laura Vosswinkel
Oceanside Union Free School District

Marilyn Williams
New York City Community School District #1