Teacher effectiveness in Montana makes gains with 2019 class of National Board Certified Teachers

Billings Area Highlights

The National Board for Professional Teaching Standards announced that 21 Montana teachers have successfully earned National Board Certification (NBC). 

According to the Montana Professional Teaching Foundation (MPTF), which administers the program in Montana, Montana now has 170 National Board Certified Teachers. 

“These educators are GREAT representatives of Montana teachers who work every day to give our students the absolute best education possible,” said MPTF Chair Eric Feaver. 

Achieving National Board Certification is no easy feat.  Candidates have up to three years to complete four component entries documenting their teaching performance.  There are three classroom-centered components one of which must include videotaped evidence of quality instruction.  Most candidates spend from 120 to 200 hours preparing these components with the intent of subjecting their performance to rigorous professional peer evaluation.

Once they have submitted their classroom components candidates sit for a written performance assessment targeted to measure ability to instruct and convey information to students.

Candidates do not learn if they have successfully earned National Board Certification for nearly six months after they have completed all their work.  

Feaver went on to say that students across the state benefit when teachers achieve National Board Certification. “NBC teachers are change agents,” he said. “Many of them assume leadership roles in innovative educational efforts in their school, school district, and across Montana.”

The state of Montana provides a stipend of up to $2,000 per year to National Board Certified Teachers.  In addition, many local school districts likewise provide an annual NBC stipend.

Following are the Montana’s 21 new National Board Certified teachers, their school districts, and their NBC specialty.

First name Last name School District Certification
Katherine Dreiling Arlee Literacy: Reading-Language Arts/Early and Middle Childhood
Karen Smith Arlee Literacy: Reading-Language Arts/Early and Middle Childhood
Jana North Arlee Literacy: Reading-Language Arts/Early and Middle Childhood
Joshua George Billings Career and Technical Education/Early Adolescence through Young Adulthood
Melida Kessler Billings School Counseling/Early Childhood through Young Adulthood
Katie Meier Billings Career and Technical Education/Early Adolescence through Young Adulthood
Brooke Taylor Billings Mathematics/Adolescence and Young Adulthood
Rachel Romei Billings Generalist/Early Childhood
Kathryn Woods Bozeman Literacy: Reading-Language Arts/Early and Middle Childhood
Missey (Mary) Dore Bozeman Generalist/Middle Childhood
Michelle Brown Great Falls Mathematics/Adolescence and Young Adulthood
Riki Johnson-Lackey Great Falls School Counseling/Early Childhood through Young Adulthood
Melissa VanSickle Great Falls English Language Arts/Early Adolescence
Christi Virts Great Falls Career and Technical Education/Early Adolescence through Young Adulthood
Joan Dailey Great Falls English Language Arts/Adolescence and Young Adulthood
Jacob Warner Helena Mathematics/Adolescence and Young Adulthood
Kathryn Wright Helena Generalist/Early Childhood
Susan Robinson Helena Literacy: Reading-Language Arts/Early and Middle Childhood
Adam Clinch Helena Mathematics/Adolescence and Young Adulthood
Ellen Parchen Missoula Science/Adolescence and Young Adulthood
Rachel Root Troy Generalist/Early Childhood

The Montana Professional Teaching Foundation, established by and administered through the Montana Federation of Public Employees, works to promote and enhance the Montana teaching profession and quality education. The Foundation’s programs include:

  • Karen Cox Memorial Grants to help teachers purchase innovative classroom resources
  • National Board Certification & Candidate Support
  • Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics & Science Teaching
  • Jim McGarvey Scholarships

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