The National Board for Professional Teaching Standards celebrates 3,831 new National Board Certified Teachers and another 4,786 Board certified teachers who successfully renewed their certification in 2019.

Three West Fargo teachers earned certification this year: Dakota Breen; Adam Christensen; and Matthew Slocomb.

These teachers join a growing community of board-certified teachers, now more than 125,000 strong across all 50 states.

Each of these accomplished educators earned the profession’s highest mark of achievement through a rigorous, performance-based, peer-review process, demonstrating their proven impact on student learning and achievement.

“These new National Board Certified Teachers will continue to change the way their students learn, and their proven ability to be the best teachers they can be will have a ripple effect on their schools and their communities for years to come,” said Peggy Brookins, NBCT, President and CEO of the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards in a statement. “I’m especially proud to see that large numbers of new NBCTs are teaching in schools where they are needed most. And, with more Board-certified teachers of color, more students of color will see themselves reflected in those high-achieving professionals.”

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North Dakota had five teachers receive the certification this year. West Fargo Public Schools leads the state with 26 total all-time certified staff members; 22 of which have maintained current certification.

“National Board Certification is about elevating the teaching profession; and it is about helping children achieve at higher rates,” Brookins said. “The certification process impacts teaching and learning well beyond an individual teacher’s classroom.”