Teachers Begin National Board Certification Process

Five Los Fresnos CISD teachers hope to obtain the advanced teaching credential

Five teachers from Los Fresnos CISD schools are on the road to becoming National Board Certified Teachers. The certification, overseen by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, is an advanced teaching credential that helps teachers expand their knowledge and expertise to advance student success. The Los Fresnos CISD is partnering with the Region 6 Education Service Center to provide the current teacher candidates with professional learning and support designed to enhance their opportunity to pass the four components of the NBC exam.

The following teachers are Los Fresnos CISD’s 2022 candidates:

  • Hector Bermea – Mariachi Instructor at Los Fresnos High School and Los Fresnos United
  • Lucila Lopez – English Teacher at Los Fresnos United
  • Luis Macias – Biology Teacher at Los Fresnos United
  • Patricia Hernandez – Math Teacher at Los Fresnos United
  • Blanca Ordaz – PK Teacher at Los Fresnos Elementary

About the Certification

The National Board Certification is developed by a committee of teachers around the “Five Core Propositions”. There are twenty-five certification areas, structured around sixteen disciplines and six developmental areas. On average, it takes a candidate two years to complete the certification cycle. According to the NBPST, there are 91,000 National Board Certified teachers, accounting for only 3% of all teachers with a current pass rate of 71%.

Upon passing the four components, the Los Fresnos CISD teachers will be eligible for a stipend through the Teacher Incentive Allotment, a recognition and funding allotment created by House Bill 3 in 2019.

“Los Fresnos CISD is proud of the commitment and dedication of these five teachers to learn, grow and improve their practice to support the students of Los Fresnos CISD,” said Jennifer Stumbaugh, Executive Director for Personnel Services and Talent Development.

All applicants must have a bachelor’s degree, state teaching license, and three years of experience in the classroom or counseling before they can begin the process of national certification. The NBC is valid for five years before it needs to be renewed.