Twelve teachers in the Cherry Creek School District earned National Board Certification in 2011, according to the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS), which sets the standards for teaching excellence and administers the rigorous National Board Certification program.
The Cherry Creek School District now has 87 National Board Certified teachers, the third most in the state of Colorado. National Board Certified teachers have successfully demonstrated advanced teaching knowledge, skills and practices. Certification is achieved through a rigorous, performance-based assessment that typically takes one to three years to complete. Nationally, less than two percent of teachers have earned National Board Certification.
“National Board Certification is a tremendous accomplishment and demonstrates the deep commitment these teachers have to the students of Cherry Creek Schools,” said Superintendent Mary Chesley. “Clearly, these teachers are life-long learners who are willing to challenge themselves in order to help each and every one of their students succeed academically.”
The Cherry Creek Schools teachers who achieved National Board Certification in 2011 are:
Kristoffer Barikmo, Social Studies Teacher, Cherry Creek High School
Virginia DeCesare, Social Studies Teacher, Cherry Creek High School
Nick Droege, Language Arts Teacher, Smoky Hill High School
Kimberly Freed, GT Teacher / Teacher Librarian, Sagebrush Elementary
Sheryl Frye, Fourth Grade Teacher, Independence Elementary
Mike Kraft, Social Studies Teacher, Cherry Creek High School (Recertified in 2011; original certification in 2001.)
Melissa Myers, SIED Teacher, Horizon Community Middle School
Marsia Ronyak, Kindergarten Teacher, Independence Elementary
Paige Schmidt, Language Arts Teacher, Falcon Creek Middle School
Ben Singh, Social Studies Teacher, Cherry Creek High School
Teri Smith, Third Grade Teacher, Willow Creek Elementary
Michele Williams, Fourth Grade Teacher, Coyote Hills Elementary
All 50 states, the District of Columbia and more than 700 local school districts recognize National Board Certification as a mark of distinction and excellence.