Twenty-One Teachers Achieve or Renew National Board Certification

News Release
January 07, 2021

Twenty-one Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) teachers achieved or renewed certification from the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) in 2020. 

Eleven teachers are newly certified by NBPTS: Julianne Braden, (Laurel Hill Elementary School), Megan Rutanen (Olde Creek Elementary School), Allison Cormier (Laurel Hill Elementary School), Jennifer Forney (Woodson High School), Corey Haynes (Justice High School), Krista Gallagher (Lake Braddock Secondary School), Lauren Kinne (Woodson High School), Alaina Taylor (Hayfield Elementary School), Megan Stanley (Cooper Middle School), and Marissa Troiano-Yang (Lemon Road Elementary School).

The following board-certified teachers have renewed their board certification for an additional ten years: Faiza Alam (Lanier Middle School), Whitney Bailey (West Potomac High School), Megan Balduf (Frost Middle School), Mark Bolt (Carson Middle School), Barbara Caley (Robinson Secondary School), Kimberly Belknap (Herndon High School), Meaghan Dobson (Bryant High School), Mark Erich Holzshu (Jackson Middle School), Tara Sanz (Glasgow Middle School), and Andrew Scudder (Longfellow Middle School).  

Initial certification and renewal of National Board Certification requires that teachers compile and submit a portfolio documenting their high quality instruction, ability to differentiate, and a demonstration of how their practices continue to align with the five core propositions of accomplished teaching in their certificate area. The Office of Professional Learning and Family Engagement provides free professional development and support through the academy course program to those teachers renewing certification or seeking initial certification.

Over the course of the program in FCPS, more than 500 teachers have achieved NBPTS certification. Currently, FCPS is ranked first in the state of Virginia with a total of 313 active National Board-certified teachers, placing Fairfax County in the top 30 school districts nationwide.  Seventy-five percent of National Board Certified teachers work directly with students while others have moved into leadership roles throughout the division.