Local Classrooms Full Of Certified Educators
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.”