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Governor Abercrombie recognizes teacher’s commitment to excellence

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Photos courtesty of HTSB

HONOLULU – Proclaiming Jan. 25, 2013, “Hawaii National Board Certified Teachers Day,” Gov. Neil Abercrombie joined representatives of the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (National Board) and the Hawaii Teacher Standards Board (HTSB) in congratulating Hawaii’s 65 school teachers statewide who this year earned National Board certification. They add to the ranks of 343 other Hawaii teachers who have their National Board certification.

In addition, 16 teachers this year have renewed their National Board certification for 10 years by going through a process designed to help them build on the ongoing and complex professional growth process that supports accomplished teaching.

“These exemplary educators have made an immense investment in their professional growth and for their students,” Gov. Abercrombie said. “We look forward to their continued contributions to their students’ future, mentoring and coaching colleagues to improve their effectiveness in the classroom, and advancing the profession.”

“The Hawaii Teacher Standards Board would like to congratulate the 65 new National Board-certified teachers who have successfully undertaken the rigorous National Board certification process and demonstrated their content knowledge and teaching skills against the most advanced standards in the nation,” said Terry Holck, HTSB chairperson. “We would also like to commend the 16 teachers who renewed their National Board certification this past year. The Hawaii Teacher Standards Board is proud of our commitment to teacher excellence by providing subsidies and support sessions to Hawaii’s teachers who elect to go through this process. Every day, these accomplished teachers are having a positive impact on students in Hawaii.”

Friday’s event was the last of four ceremonies held across the state – on Kauai, Maui, Hawaii and Oahu – so that family members could join in congratulating the educators. The Oahu ceremony was attended by 29 newly certified teachers (of the 65 statewide) and 6 teachers renewing certification (of the 16 statewide).

National Board-certified teachers are highly accomplished educators who have successfully met rigorous standards. To meet these standards, teachers must demonstrate their knowledge and skills through an extensive series of performance-based assessments that include teaching portfolios, student work samples, videotapes, and a thorough analysis of their own classroom teaching and student learning. Candidates for National Board certification also complete a series of written exercises of their subject content knowledge, as well as their understanding of how to teach the subject to their students.

Newly National Board-Certified Teachers

Angie Abe

Lory Aiwohi

Shannon Alueta

Ketra Arcas

Cynthia Bartels

Amy Baum

Kirsten Bergh

Joanne Berryman

Perry Buchalter

Valerie Butts

Yun Choe

Camille Chong

Lisa Correa

Dan De Mattos

Karen Dickinson

Lyla Eldredge

Lisa Fanning

Amy Fiorello

Suzanne Forbes

Kaulu Gapero

Hallie Gleason

Lori Gonzalez

Melissa Goo

Jessica Hickey

Dayna Hironaka

Jamie Holtvedt

Tyler Imig

Toni Marie Kaui

Jon Kimoto

Margaret Kono

Angla Kung

Matthew Lawrence

Arianne Lerner

Constance Leyendecker

Maegan Macgregor

Ferozah Mackenzie

Nicole McCombs

Jennifer Muller

Liane Nakamura

Krista Nielsen

Arlene Nishimiya

Kristi Nitta

Logan Okita

Raylene Peters

Susanna Rivera

Kathleen Royer

Erin Sakamoto

Tammy Sanekane

Nader Shehata

Jenna Skedeleski

Phyllis Sone

Brandi Spalding

Mari Taira

Tracy Takahashi

Bronwyn Tatman

Laura Tavares

Teri Ann Tokushige

Ethan Toyota

Kory Toyozaki

Kit Mui Tsunemoto

Marie Wetter

Sam Woo

Jun Wu

Galen Yee

Sandy Zukeran-Fujioka

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Renewing National Board-Certified Teachers

Jerrie Anderson

Denise Darval-Chang

June Davids

Elizabeth Delyon

Laura Fukumoto

Jonathan Gillentine

Cynthia Herron

Judy Honeychurch Locke

Michael Kline

Roberta Kokx

Deborah McCormick

Kristilyn Oda

Michael Oliver

Colleen Otani

Liane Otani-Nakagawa

Julia Williams

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