Juneau announces Kalispell teacher to receive National Board Certification
Wednesday, October 20, 2010
By Faith Moldan
A Kalispell high school teacher will receive a $3,000 stipend in recognition of achieving National Board Certification at the Flathead High School media center at 3:30 p.m. on Oct. 27. Recipient Steven Eckels is one of 10 Montana teachers to achieve certification this year. On hand to honor these teachers will be Superintendent of Public Instruction Denise Juneau, Flathead High School Principal Peter Fusaro, and Kalispell Public Schools Superintendent Darlene Schottle.
"We are proud to recognize acknowledge this educator for his hard work and dedication to furthering excellence in education," said Juneau.
The recipient is:
Steven Eckels, Flathead High School and Glacier High School
Music/Early Adolescence through Young Adulthood
“Research shows that Nationally Board Certified teachers make a huge difference in the education of the children they serve," said Eric Feaver, president of MEA-MFT, Montana’s teachers’ and public employees’ union.
"That’s why MEA-MFT and our Montana Professional Teaching Foundation (MPTF) help make it possible for teachers to undergo the certification process. We provide subsidy scholarships to defray the high cost of applying. We sponsor workshops designed to help candidates navigate the certification process. We lobby the legislature to provide successful candidates a one-time-only cash award. And we urge our local teacher bargaining units to negotiate locally funded salary enhancements for teachers who achieve National Board Certification. Many MEA-MFT local affiliates have done just that."
Feaver continued, “MEA-MFT and the foundation have been proud to support National Board Certification in Montana since 1997.”
These educators are among 85 Montana teachers who have achieved national board certification. Becoming National Board Certified is an extensive series of performance-based assessments that includes teaching portfolios, student work samples, videotapes, and analyses of the teacher's classroom teaching and student learning. This collection of materials is compiled over the course of a regular school year and is submitted in the spring.