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Michalisin, Newton earn prestigious title of National Board Certified Teacher


January 7, 2013

Ryan Michalisin and Michael Newton, both English teachers at Granite Falls High School, have earned the highest credential available to American educators by recently becoming National Board Certified Teachers through the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS).

A voluntary program designed to develop, recognize, and retain accomplished teachers, National Board Certification is achieved through a performance-based assessment that typically takes one to three years to complete. While state licensing systems set basic requirements to teach in each state, National Board Certified Teachers have successfully demonstrated advanced teaching knowledge, skills, and practices.

Dr. Ron Thorpe, National Board President and chief executive officer, said, “The National Board was formed with teachers at the core of its mission. Accomplished teachers are elevating the standards, status, and impact of the profession. On behalf of the National Board, we salute your hard work and continued dedication to your students, your profession, and the nation’s future.”

Michalisin and Newton join ten other Granite Falls teachers that have earned National Board Certification in the past: Kirk Parker, Nicole Conner, Michelle Miller, Stefanie Reistad-Schwartz, Debra Hanby, Debra Howell, Susan Black-Block, Linda Johnson, Tracy Land, and Clint Johnson.

National Board Certification is recognized as a model for identifying accomplished teaching practice and is supported by teachers and administrators nationwide.


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