Caitlin Juntunen Achieves National Board Certification

We are proud to celebrate Middle School Humanities Teacher Caitlin Juntunen who recently completed the challenging process of earning National Board Certification in English Language Arts – Early Adolescence.

Middle School Principal Ashley Hylton commented, “Congratulations to Caitlin Juntunen on completing her NBCT certificate. In doing so, she joins an elite group of 12 other EC teachers who have devoted more than two years of additional study, research and work to earn this recognition. Caitlin is an accomplished teacher, and her dedication to learn and foster relationships with students in and out of the classroom makes her an asset to our community. We are so fortunate to have her at EC.”

“Achieving my National Board certification is one of my proudest moments as a teacher,” Caitlin Juntunen said. “I went into last year with the goal of finishing my certification while navigating a year of remote learning in an ever-changing school year. Accomplishing this goal in such a challenging year feels like I am showing my students what I mean when I tell them they can achieve difficult things, too.”

In addition to Mrs. Juntunen’s recent certification, 12 other Eastside Catholic faculty and staff members were previously awarded National Board Certification:

  • Piper Deardorff, High School Social Studies
  • Aimee Dingler, High School English
  • Maria Granda, World Languages – Spanish
  • Sean Henderson, High School Mathematics
  • Jeff LaBelle, High School English
  • Soonja Larsen, Music for Early Adolescence through Young Adulthood
  • Danielle Maletta, High School Mathematics and Robotics
  • Tara Maloney, High School Science
  • Megan McDermott, High School Visual Arts
  • Mollie Page, High School Biology
  • Lisa Snow, High School English
  • Erin Vickers, Middle School Science

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

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.

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