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Twenty-one teachers in Montana earn national board certification

By: - December 20, 2022 11:47 am

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Twenty-one Montana teachers earned National Board Certification, and another 17 successfully renewed their certification, according to an announcement from the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards this week.

There are a total of 175 National Board Certified teachers in the state according to a release from the Montana Professional Teaching Foundation, which administers the program in Montana and is the nonprofit foundation of the Montana Federation of Public Employees, the union that represents public educators in the state.

To apply for National Board Certification, candidates have as many as three years to complete the process of documenting their teaching performance and best practices. The candidates must sit for a written performance assessment. Certification is only granted after peer evaluation and then it takes six months of review before candidates learn if they have successfully earned certification.

“Earning National Board Certification is a crowning achievement in an educator’s career,” said MPTF Chair and MFPE President Amanda Curtis in the release. “I join Montanans in congratulating these dedicated professionals for the incredible feat they’ve accomplished. These educators provide our students the best education in America, and Montana families are grateful to them.”

The state of Montana provides a stipend of up to $2,500 per year to National Board Certified Teachers. In addition, many local school districts throughout the state provide an additional annual stipend to retain and recruit these outstanding teachers. Of the 38 certified teachers this year, 22 work in the Helena School District.

Twenty-one teachers in Montana earn national board certification

Listed below are Montana’s 21 new and 17 renewed National Board Certified teachers, their school districts, and their specialty.

Montana’s Newly Certified National Board Teachers

  • Melissa Belote, Science/Early Adolescence, Bozeman School District
  • Caroline Compton, Exceptional Needs Specialist/Early Childhood Through Young Adulthood, Helena School District
  • Kelly Connolly, Literacy: Reading-Language Arts/Early and Middle Childhood, Helena School District
  • Stacy Kelch, Library Media/Early Childhood Through Young Adulthood, Whitefish School District
  • Ashley Komac, Literacy: Reading-Language Arts/Early and Middle Childhood, Helena School District
  • Abby Kuhl, Literacy: Reading-Language Arts/Early and Middle Childhood, Helena School District
  • Janna McBride, Literacy: Reading-Language Arts/Early and Middle Childhood, Helena School District
  • Jennifer Molloy, Literacy: Reading-Language Arts/Early and Middle Childhood, Missoula County Public School District
  • Jennifer Mooney, Mathematics/Early Adolescence, Helena School District
  • Christopher Nevinski, Music/Early Adolescence Through Young Adulthood, Helena School District
  • Stephanie Olson, Literacy: Reading-Language Arts/Early and Middle Childhood, Helena School District
  • Colette Ozburn, School Counseling/Early Childhood Through Young Adulthood, Helena School District
  • Mary Penley, Literacy: Reading-Language Arts/Early and Middle Childhood, Helena School District
  • Melissa Romano-Lehman, Literacy: Reading-Language Arts/Early and Middle Childhood, Helena School District
  • Melanie Ruonavaara, Literacy: Reading-Language Arts/Early and Middle Childhood, West Valley School District
  • Kayla Ryan, Literacy: Reading-Language Arts/Early and Middle Childhood, Helena School District
  • Molly Schmidt, Literacy: Reading-Language Arts/Early and Middle Childhood, Helena School District
  • Christina Sieminski, Science/Adolescence and Young Adulthood, Helena School District
  • Alison Suchy, Generalist/Middle Childhood, Helena School District
  • Andrea Thisselle, Literacy: Reading-Language Arts/Early and Middle Childhood , Helena School District
  • Sarah Urban, Science/Adolescence and Young Adulthood, Helena School District

Montana Recertified National Board Teachers

  • Ashlie Buresh, Literacy: Reading-Language Arts/Early and Middle Childhood, Helena School District
  • Sheila Devins, Generalist/Early Childhood, Seeley Lake Elem School District
  • Annie Douglas, Generalist/Middle Childhood, Whitefish School District
  • Rebecca Dupre, Library Media/Early Childhood Through Young Adulthood, Missoula County Public School District
  • Kayla Fotheringham, Exceptional Needs Specialist/Early Childhood Through Young Adulthood, Helena School District
  • Kristi Gaines, Generalist/Early Childhood, Bozeman School District
  • Elizabeth Hardin, Exceptional Needs Specialist/Early Childhood Through Young Adulthood, Bozeman School District
  • Erin Hunt, Science/Adolescence and Young Adulthood, Helena School District
  • Cassie Koch, Mathematics/Early Adolescence, Helena School District
  • Megan Koppes, English Language Arts/Adolescence and Young Adulthood, Kalispell School District
  • Cheryl Muri, Generalist/Early Childhood, Upper West Shore School District
  • Kirsten Pevey, Literacy: Reading-Language Arts/Early and Middle Childhood, Kalispell School District
  • Sarah Sandau, Literacy: Reading-Language Arts/Early and Middle Childhood, East Helena School District
  • Erica Schnee, Social Studies-History/Adolescence and Young Adulthood, Bozeman School District
  • Katherine Senecal, Literacy: Reading-Language Arts/Early and Middle Childhood, East Helena School District
  • Kimberly Stout, Literacy: Reading-Language Arts/Early and Middle Childhood, Helena School District
  • Shena Wald, Mathematics/Early Adolescence, Billings School District

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