Cave Creek teachers become National Board Certified

Cave Creek Unified School District announced its newest National Board Certified Teachers.

Brian Rinderknect

The district’s National Board Certified Teacher Mr. Brian Rinderknect, who is a fifth grade teacher at Lone Mountain Elementary School, Middle Child Generalist; and a renewal of NBCT Certification for Mrs. Melissa Beverly, a counselor at Cactus Shadows High School, National Board Certified Counselor.

CCUSD has eight more National Board Candidates working toward their certification and three more National Board Certified Teachers working toward their certificate renewal, with several more ready to investigate the process through our Pre-Candidacy course.

National Board Certification is a voluntary advanced teaching credential that complements a state’s teacher license. It is valid for five years, after which NBCTs can seek certification renewal.

Melissa Beverly

Only 3 percent of teachers in the U.S. are National Board Certified. In Cave Creek, our percentage is 7 percent, double the national percentage, according to a release.

“We could not be prouder of the hard work and commitment of our new NBCTs, as well as all of our 19 NBCTs,” the district said in a release.

“Needless to say, Cave Creek Unified teachers, and counselors, put students first, and are committed to excellence in their classrooms. Dr. Debbi Burdick, Superintendent of CCUSD, has been a long standing advocate of National Board Certification, and is very proud of the teachers in CCUSD.”

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