Four Teachers Achieve National Board Certification

We are proud to celebrate four teachers who recently completed the challenging process of earning National Board Certification. Eastside Catholic is one of only 182 schools nationwide to have three or more educators awarded as National Board Certified Teachers (NBCT) this year. Eastside Catholic recognizes the following faculty members who earned the profession’s highest mark of achievement:

•     Jeff LaBelle, High School English

•     Tara Martin, Middle School Spanish

•     Jessica Rice, High School English

•     Lisa Snow, High School English

“Eastside Catholic is pleased to recognize our most recent Nationally Board Certified teachers: Jeff LaBelle, Tara Martin, Jessica Rice and Lisa Snow,” President Gil Picciotto said. “A good teacher not only improves a student’s test scores but inspires a student’s desire to learn and to be a critical independent thinker within the context of a life of leadership and service to others. These teachers represent that holistic approach to education.”

National Board Certification is an advanced teaching credential and is predicated on a teacher’s ability and dedication to five core areas:

1.   Commitment to students and their learning

2.   Knowledge of the subjects they teach and how to teach these subjects to students

3.   Responsibility for managing and monitoring student learning

4.   Systematic approaches regarding teaching practices and continuous improvement as an educator

5.   Membership in professional learning communities

“The process to become certified helped me to think deeply about my teaching practice,” Jessica Rice said. “I tried new writing assignments and incorporated more hands-on activities in my classroom as part of the work needed to be certified. I also reflected on the best strategies that I have to help my students develop as readers, writers and thinkers.”

In addition to the four newly certified teachers, nine other Eastside Catholic faculty members were previously awarded National Board Certification:

•     Piper Deardorff, High School Social Studies

•     Sean Henderson, High School Mathematics

•     Amanda Longo, High School Mathematics

•     Danielle Maletta, High School Mathematics and Robotics

•     Tara Maloney, High School Science

•     Megan McDermott, High School Visual Arts

•     Aimee O’Donnell, High School English

•     Erin Vickers, Middle School Science

•     Erin Weaver, High School Mathematics

Substantial time and energy are expended by an educator in pursuit of National Board Certification. Over and above a teacher’s typical workload, the certification process requires a teacher to analyze their teaching context and students’ needs, submit videos of their teaching and provide student work samples that demonstrate growth and achievement.


Applicants must also submit a reflective analysis that demonstrates a strong command of content and showcases their ability to design appropriate learning experiences that advance student learning. The process typically takes more than a year to complete.

Jessica Rice had her NBCT achievement featured in an article by the Redmond Reporter while Jeff LaBelle, Tara Martin and Lisa Snow were interviewed in a feature by the Snoqualmie Valley Record.