Scottsdale Schools celebrates newly certified teachers

National Board Certification is one of the highest achievements in the teaching profession.

Recently, nine additional Scottsdale Unified School District teachers earned this credential by successfully completing the rigorous National Board Certified Teacher process.

The newly certified teachers are:

  • Ashley Crose, Saguaro High School
  • Jennifer Fox, Hopi Elementary School
  • Jennifer Bethke, Laguna Elementary School
  • Kelly Vandenheuvel, Redfield Elementary School
  • Kim Keck, Yavapai Elementary School
  • Lori Jordan, Chaparral High School
  • Maureen Traynor, Tavan Elementary School
  • Patti Hanlon, Copper Ridge School
  • Sheila Fullerton, Kiva Elementary School

They will be recognized at the Feb. 9 Governing Board meeting.

“We are very proud of the accomplishments of our newly certified teachers,” stated Dr. Karen Benson, executive director of instructional services, in a press release. “We now have 85 National Board Certified Teachers within the Scottsdale Unified School District.”

The Scottsdale Unified School District Foundation annually provides financial assistance to teachers pursuing National Board Certification. Since 2011, the foundation has awarded over $33,000 to support National Board Certification.

Additionally, the Arizona K12 Center provides an array of resources and support to educators across the state including scholarships to teacher candidates.

According to the National Board of Professional Teaching Standards website, NBC is the gold standard in teacher certification and is the profession’s vehicle for defining and recognizing accomplished teaching. It identifies, recognizes and rewards accomplished teachers who meet high standards based on what teachers should know and be able to do.

To be eligible for the National Board Certification, teachers must hold a valid state teaching or counseling license and a bachelor’s degree, and have completed three years of teaching experience. After teachers have become eligible, they take a Pre-Candidacy class to prepare for the certification process and then pursue candidacy through cohorts which takes one to three years, depending on the pathway a teacher chooses, the release stated.

For more information about NBCT, visit

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