Return to Headlines

10 FWPS Teachers Earn National Board Certification

Federal Way Public Schools celebrated its 2019 cohort of National Board Certified Teachers at the January 28, 2020 school board meeting.

National Board Certification is considered the “gold standard” in teacher certification. It advances the quality of teaching and learning by maintaining high and rigorous standards for what accomplished teachers should know and be able to do.

Board-certified teachers are an asset to their school communities as they take on instructional leadership roles and support other teachers. Most importantly, students in the classrooms with a board-certified teacher have accelerated growth and higher levels of academic proficiency.

Congratulations to the following teachers for achieving this certification:

  • Sarah Almlie, Early childhood generalist
  • Joshua Drewry, Adolescence and Young Adulthood, Social Studies - History
  • David Holzmeyer, Young Adulthood, English as a New Language
  • Jennifer Jolley, Adolescence and Young Adulthood, Science
  • Angie Karabaich, Young Adulthood, Physical Education
  • Randi Nelsen, Early Childhood through Young Adulthood, Exceptional Needs Specialist
  • Alla Prokhor, Early and Middle Childhood, Literacy: Reading – Language Arts
  • Katie Smith, Early Childhood, Generalist
  • Namita Smith, Early Childhood through Young Adulthood, Exceptional Needs Specialist
  • Isabelle Tetu, Early and Middle Childhood, Literacy: Reading – Language Arts

In September 2019, Federal Way Public Schools became one of 81 school districts named as a National Board Accomplished District. This recognizes at least 20% of FWPS teachers have achieved National Board Certification.