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Dysart Celebrates National Board Certified Teachers


Dysart Schools is proud to announce that Kim Piranio from Luke Elementary School is among the newest National Board Certified Teachers (NBCTs) in Arizona.  She earned the certification in December, bringing the total count of National Board Certified  employees in Dysart to 57.

Additionally, four Dysart teachers attained renewal of their certificate.  Those include: Kristin Barnett, a special education teacher at Kingswood Elementary School, Kallie Cashatt from Marley Park Elementary School, Molly Davis from El Mirage Elementary School, and Danielle Edgerton, an English Language Arts Curriculum Specialist.

National Board Certification is the highest certificate an educator can achieve in the United  States. Administered by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, Board certification is a rigorous and reflective process that requires teachers to showcase the National  Board Standards in their practice. Teachers often take up to three years of continual work to achieve certification. Research shows that students of NBCTs have improved learning outcomes, and only 3% of teachers nationwide achieve this certification. 

Since 1996, teachers throughout Arizona have been seeking and achieving National Board  Certification. The Arizona K12 Center provides support and resources for teachers to pursue  National Board Certification. Dysart supports staff members interested in the certification through cohort meetings and substitute coverage for two professional days for preparation, and offers a stipend equal to 5% of the base salary to teachers who are National Board Certified. According to the  National Board, there are more than 128,000 NBCTs across the U.S. Learn more about National Board Certification at or

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