WEAC Honors 2020 National Board Certified Teachers
Twenty WEAC members recently achieved National Board Certification, the highest level of certification in the teaching profession. The research is clear: teachers are the most important school-based variable determining the quality of student learning. This group of members represent the many accomplished, hard-working educators who prepare for, teach, and assess the work of students throughout the state of Wisconsin every day.
“The National Board Certification process elevates our profession because teachers created rigorous standards within our own organization—’by teachers, for teachers’ not teaching standards created by administrators or politicians for teachers”, said Cyntha Slavish. Cyntha is a Beloit Education Association member and serves as a WEAC NBCT candidate support facilitator.
If you’re considering National Board Certification you should know your union provides lots of support including summer Jump Start, in person and virtual monthly support cohorts, a spring writing retreat, and access to over 50 mentors who will read and provide input on assessment entries. Achieving National Board certification is the perfect way to give yourself a raise. The state provides a $2500-5000 stipend based on the level of poverty at your worksite, and many school districts provide additional compensation. Additionally, the WEA Credit Union provides an interest free loan to members that can be used to pay for the certification process.
Newly certified NBCTs will be invited to an official pinning ceremony when it’s safe to meet again in person. If you are considering National Board Certification and have questions, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Here are the newly confirmed WEAC member NBCTs:
John Barth, Sun Prairie Education Association
Ann Bauer de Ruiz, Germantown Education Association
Rachel Broge, Elmbrook Education Association
DeAnna Brunner, Whitewater Education Association
Amy Burdette, New Glarus Education Association
Kurt Handrich, Beloit Education Association
Wendy Hansen, Eau Claire Association of Educators
Christine Hartjes, Oshkosh Education Association
Tina Josephson, Waterford Education Association
Vicki Kramer, Black River Falls Education Association
Amy Legler, New Glarus Education Association
Elise Matteucci, Whitefish Bay Education Association
Michael McDowell, NSEA-Nicolet Chapter
Regina McGuire, Arcadia Education Association
Rebecca Picchi, East Troy Education Association
Patrick Rich, Verona Education Association
Susan Richardson, Milwaukee Teachers Education Association
Alizah C Ross-Colletta, Wauwatosa Education Association
Stephanie Ruder, Racine Education Association
Stephanie Stroik, Madison Teachers, Inc.
Jessica Tummett, Germantown Education Association
Jacob Ziehr, Belleville Education Association
If you are a WEAC member who received your National Board Certification, but are not listed here, please let us know.