Six Educators Earn Board Certification

Adding to a growing number of Board-certified teachers within the district, six LCPS educators recently earned National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) certification. In order to earn the certification, the educators must demonstrate advanced knowledge, skills, and practice in their individual certificate area by completing three portfolio entries and a computer-based assessment, according to the NBPTS website.

“It’s wonderful to see these dedicated educators taking extra steps to ensure our students receive the very best educational experience,” said LCPS Superintendent Dr. Greg Ewing. “We’re honored to have such talented leaders at schools throughout the district.”

The five educators who earned their Board certification in the area of Early and Middle Childhood Literacy were: Ashley Cartwright, a 4th grade teacher at East Picacho Elementary School; Heather Hinde, an interventionist at Hillrise Elementary School; Magdelana Nuñez, a 5th Grade bilingual teacher at East Picacho Elementary School; Yvette Ramirez-Springler, a kindergarten teacher at Hillrise Elementary School; and Darby Sanchez-Hoffman, a 2nd grade teacher at East Picacho Elementary School. In addition, Kathleen Guitar, Lead Flight Director at the Challenger Learning Center, earned her board certification in the area of Early Adolescent Science.

NBTS officials said the standards, created by teachers, for teachers, represent a consensus among educators about what accomplished teachers should know and be able to do. Board certification is available in 25 certificate areas spanning 16 disciplines from Pre-K through 12th grade.

The NBPTS is an independent, nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing the quality of teaching and learning by: maintaining rigorous standards for what teachers should know and be able to do; Providing a national voluntary system for certifying teachers who meet these standards; and advocating for National Board Certification in American education and capitalizing on the expertise of certified teachers, according to the NBPTS website.

According to NBPTS statistics, more than 1,150 teachers in the state have earned their Board certification and more than 112,000 teachers across the United States have achieved Board certification.

-LCPS Communications Coordinator Paul Dahlgren,, (575) 527-5808