Lo­cal Class­rooms Full Of Cer­ti­fied Ed­u­ca­tors

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The Na­tional Board for Pro­fes­sional Teach­ing Stan­dards re­cently cer­ti­fied 40 more Hawaii teach­ers for meet­ing its stan­dards, and all but three teach in the pub­lic schools.

Cen­tral Oahu has five ed­u­ca­tors who suc­cess­fully com­pleted the rig­or­ous re­quire­ments for 2009. Th­ese in­clude 400 hours min­i­mum for the candidates en­gaged in prepa­ra­tion, port­fo­lios, video­tapes and work sam­ples of class­room teach­ing and other doc­u­men­ta­tion and as­sess­ments.

They are Melissa Padilla of Leile­hua High School ( English lan­guage arts), Lawrence Taguba of Leile­hua High (art), Carolyn Alameida of Mililani Mid­dle School (English lan­guage arts), Lynn Mills of Mililani Uka Ele­men­tary and Phyl­lis Nakama-Kawamoto of Mililani Ike Ele­men­tary.

Jonathan Gil­len­tine, who chairs the Hawaii Teacher Stan­dards Board, is “ex­tremely thrilled” about the high num­ber of new cer­ti­fi­ca­tions. Most of them work in schools that serve large num­bers of dis­ad­van­taged stu­dents. The in­cen­tives for un­der­go­ing the pro­gram, how­ever, have been re­duced.

A $5,000 an­nual salary bonus, for ex­am­ple, has been dropped for cer­ti­fied teach­ers in a re­struc­tured school or one that hasn’t made an­nual yearly progress to­ward fed­eral re­quire­ments.

“It’s no longer of­fered due to bud­get cuts made by the Leg­is­la­ture,” Gil­len­tine said, and with fur­ther cuts be­ing con­sid­ered, can­di­date sup­port “may be crit­i­cally hurt.”

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