Central Oahu Gains More Certified Teachers

Hawaii’s public schoolteachers are quietly and steadily rising in their profession through national certification – an achievement that shows rigorous, peer-reviewed performance over a yearlong effort.

“We’re thrilled to celebrate the achievement of our new NBCTs (National Board Certified Teachers),” said schools superintendent Kathryn Matayoshi in a release. “Their achievement is not only a testament to their hard work, determination and impact on their students’ learning, it is a reflection of Hawaii’s strong commitment to supporting all teachers in their pursuit of certification.”

DOE officials also note that Hawaii “leads the nation in growth of NBCTs over the past three years.”

Contributing to that distinction are six Central Oahu teachers: Linda Seals of Wahiawa Intermediate (2013 renewal), and new NBCTs Amy Downey and Jenna Kanaya of Mililani Ike Elementary, Holland Henderson and Carina Morgan of Mililani High, and Sheri Burke of Sunset Beach Elementary.

In all, 59 Hawaii teachers achieved certification in 2013, which equips them to prepare their students for 21st century success.