The Union Community School District has announced that five teachers within its ranks completed the requirements for National Board Certification in 2013. In addition to Tom Laures and Kerrie Michael, Union High School’s Jennifer Gates and Craig Hemsath, along with La Porte City Elementary School’s Jane Aswegan, have successfully completed the rigorous, performance-based, peer review process. National Board Certification (NBC) allows teachers to be recognized for their highly accomplished teaching practices and is earned through demonstrating teaching expertise using a voluntary process established by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS). The process typically takes one to three years to complete.