Five teachers from the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District have received National Board Certification from the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, joining approximately 55,000 others nationwide.

Bob Seymour and Stefanie Suffolk of Lincoln Middle School, Irma Lyons of Will Rogers Learning Community, Ken Harris of Point Dume Marine Science Center and Adam Panish of Malibu High School were recognized at the school board meeting Thursday, February 1st, for their new certifications.

The National Board Certified Teacher Program is a voluntary program that allows teachers to demonstrate competence in teaching. It is governed by the National Board of Professional Teaching Standards, which describes it as the highest symbol of professional teaching excellence.

“It’s a rigorous process to become National Board certified,” said district Superintendent Dianne Talarico.

The National Board Teaching Certification Program is open for application to teachers who have a baccalaureate degree from an accredited school, have a valid state teaching license and three years’ experience in their area.

And The National Board of Professional Teaching Standards offers certification in 24 areas of teaching.

The National Board’s mission is to advance the quality of teaching and learning and to:

– establish high and rigorous standards for what accomplished teachers should know and be able to do;

– develop and operate a national voluntary system to assess and certify teachers who meet these standards; and

– advance related education reforms for the purpose of improving student learning in American schools.