35 Teachers Earn or Renew Certification from the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards

By Office of Communications
Employee News
January 11, 2024

FCPS congratulates the following 14 newly certified National Board teachers: 

  • Anita Aberle, Mantua Elementary School 
  • Bethany Farrell, Parklawn Elementary School
  • Rachel Grover, Rocky Run Middle School
  • Suzette Henry, Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology
  • Amy Landsman, Union Mill Elementary School
  • Maura Madigan, North Springfield Elementary School
  • Aileen Mavity, Spring Hill Elementary School
  • Paul Mock, Annandale High School
  • Erin O'Connor, Olde Creek Elementary School
  • Lauren Paz Soldan, Annandale High School
  • Lindsay Rusnak, Lake Braddock Secondary School
  • Elizabeth Snyder, Camelot Elementary School
  • Stephanie Stewart, Herndon High School
  • Estefania Vargas Claros, Marshall High School

The following board-certified teachers have renewed their board certification for an additional term: 

  • Florina Abott, West Springfield High School
  • Nancy Andersen, Glasgow Middle School
  • Laura Bailey, Woodburn Elementary School
  • Charles Burts, Katherine Johnson Middle School
  • Lauren Chunn, Orange Hunt Elementary School
  • Sabra Devers, Edison High School
  • Kathryn De Ville, Woodley Hills Elementary School
  • Kristine Elsener, Marshall High School
  • Anne-Marie Hanapole, Fairfax High School
  • Amy Helm, Herndon Middle School
  • Tiffany Hitz, Robinson Secondary School
  • Anthony Petras, Herndon High School
  • Taryn Roman, Lemon Road Elementary School
  • Christina Russell, Frost Middle School
  • Magno Sartorio, Sangster Elementary School
  • Jamie Sawatzky, Rocky Run Middle School
  • Geeta Sridharan, Fairfax High School
  • Alicia St Jean, Mount Vernon High School
  • Rosaleen Sypher, Laurel Hill Elementary School
  • Jaclyn Walsh, Belvedere Elementary School
  • Michelle Wright, Katherine Johnson Middle School

The National Board Certification program in FCPS began over 20 years ago, and more than 500 FCPS teachers have achieved this prestigious certification. FCPS is ranked in the top five for both new National Board certified teachers and current National Board certification candidates in the state of Virginia. FCPS ranks in the top 30 school districts nationwide for the number of National Board-certified teachers, with over 300 active National Board-certified teachers currently supporting students and schools. Seventy-five percent of National Board-certified teachers in FCPS work directly with students while others have moved into leadership roles throughout the division.  

Initial certification and renewal of National Board Certification asks teachers to compile and submit a portfolio that documents their high-quality instruction and ability to differentiate, as well as demonstrates how their practices continue to align with the Five Core Propositions of Accomplished Teaching in their certificate area. The Office of Professional Learning provides free professional development, tuition reimbursement, and individualized support through the Academy Course program to those teachers renewing certification or seeking initial certification.