With the recent addition of Michelle Keegan and Jared Pospisil, the number of educators in the Union Community School District who have attained National Board Certification now numbers nine.
Keegan, one of the district’s K-12 Instructional Strategists, and Pospisil, a special education instructor at Union High School, are now among more than 110,000 educators throughout the United States who have attained this advanced teaching credential. Last year, Union High School Math instructor, Adam Gassman, and La Porte City Elementary Special Education teacher, Jodi Keller, were also certified by the Board for Professional Teaching Standards.
The National Board is a not-for-profit professional organization, created and governed by practicing teachers and their advocates. The founding mission of the National Board is to advance the quality of teaching and learning in schools. The goals of the National Board include:
- Maintaining high and rigorous standards for what accomplished teachers should know and be able to do;
- Providing a national voluntary system certifying teachers who meet these standards; and
- Advocating related education reforms to integrate National Board Certification into American education and to capitalize on the expertise of National Board Certified Teachers.
The process for National Board Certification, which continues to be revised to incorporate the latest research and trends in the field of education, is designed to collect standards-based evidence of a teacher’s accomplished practice. To attain certification, candidates are required to complete four separate components of the program: three portfolio entries, which are submitted online, and a computer-based assessment, which is administered at a testing center.
National Board Certified Teachers
Union Community School District
K-12 Instructional Strategist
La Porte City Elementary School
Union High School