SUSD National Board Certified Teachers

  • As an education leader among Arizona K-12 public school districts, Scottsdale Unified School District is committed to delivering outstanding learning opportunities every day to its 23,000 students. We achieve that by ensuring that there are exceptional leaders in the classrooms of our 30 schools. A growing number of Scottsdale Unified teachers choose, and are encouraged by the District, to augment their state certification through the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards.

    That organization’s National Board Certification program, launched in 1987, was created by teachers for teachers. It is the pinnacle of professional development programs for U.S. classroom teachers and is the most significant way in which the nation’s teaching profession encourages the development, retention and recognition of accomplished teachers, with the goal of creating ongoing improvement in schools nationwide from the inside out. Those who achieve certification status report that going through the up-to-three-year process forever changes the way they think about their profession, profoundly impacting the way they teach students for the rest of their careers.

    One of SUSD’s greatest strengths is its 87 National Board Certified teachers. SUSD is a leader among Arizona school districts in the number of teacher who have furthered their passion for teaching into national certification. These exemplary educators, based at 26 SUSD schools, its online learning program and in District instructional leadership, are evidence of our teaching staff’s commitment to accomplished teaching. They dedicate themselves to the ongoing improvement and mastery of their skills in order to provide Scottsdale students with the outstanding educational experiences at all grade levels for which SUSD has been known for 125 years. We know that SUSD students are successful during their years with us, and beyond, because of the District’s ongoing mission to deliver relevant, rigorous, world-class instruction to all of our students and to dedicate all of the resources necessary to achieve that.

    The National Board for Professional Teaching Standards issues certificates are issued in 16 content areas, from art, health education and mathematics to language arts, science and music. Certificates are also based on developmental levels, from early and middle childhood to early adolescence and young adulthood.

    Certification candidates put a microscope on their teaching practices and reflect on how they demonstrate and implement, in an ongoing way, National Board standards.  Candidates for National Board certification are examined by a panel of local and national peers in four key areas:

    • competency in the subject area they teach
    • how they differentiate their instruction, based on student strengths and needs
    • how they engage students in learning and
    • how they continuously apply what they learn about their students to adapt their teaching practices to impact student learning growth and deliver excellent, meaningful instruction.

    The process of becoming a National Board Certified teacher, the most respected professional certification in K-12 education, is voluntary. Candidates must have at least three years of successful experience teaching in a K-12 school setting. The challenge of taking on national certification while also teaching full-time is a major commitment that can take up to three years to complete. Teachers must renew their National Board certification every five years.

    In SUSD, teacher candidates are supported along the way by a cadre of current and retired SUSD teachers who volunteer to mentor their colleagues’ journey to certification. Board-certified teachers themselves, these mentors share their insights and passion for continuous improvement within District classrooms and their profession. Working in conjunction with the Arizona K-12 Center, SUSD teachers receive the peer guidance necessary to complete the certification process successfully. Upon certification, SUSD teachers also receive a $3,000 a year stipend from the District.

    SUSD candidates also receive financial assistance from the community as they engage in the certification process. The Scottsdale Unified School District Foundation, a local 501(c)(3) organization that supports SUSD students, teacher, programs and schools, provide grants to teachers. Since 2011, the SUSD Foundation has contributed more than $33,000 to support the National Board Certification efforts of  SUSD educators.

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  • Anasazi Elementary

    Kyle Bragg
    Patricia Vassaux

    Arcadia High

    Jennifer Dukelow
    Kimberly Mayorg
    Sarah Wagner Boustila

    Chaparral High

    Ted Anderson
    Kathleen Beder
    Stephen Geislinger
    Claren Gustkey
    Malcolm Leinwohl
    Jennifer Maccoll 

    Cherokee Elementary

    Lori Campos
    Laurie Jones-Ritt
    Brenda Nelson
    Donna Sheber
    Anne Waddington

    Cheyenne Traditional

    Andrea Dersch
    Lindsey Saylor

    Cochise Elementary

    Tamara Andreas
    Patricia Hanlon
    Erin Hansen
    Rebecca Hirschfeld
    Patty Malley ****
    Marina Rodriguez

    Cocopah Middle

    Karen Brisbane
    Danette Imafidon
    Tristin Miller
    Cathy Saraniero

    Copper Ridge K-8

    Kimberly Vallejo


    Joseph Olney, Assistant Principal

    Desert Canyon Elementary

    Tammy Kohli
    Katheryn Honeycutt
    Curtis Robinson
    Julie Sparks

    Desert Canyon Middle

    Kelly O'Rourke
    Heather Robinson ****
    Shannon Stapley **

    Desert Mountain High

    Laura Kamka 
    Thomas Roxborough

    Hohokam/Yavapai Elementary

    Rachel Mazzullo
              (shared with Navajo, Pima & Pueblo) 
    Brianna Maxwell **
    Jessica Valencia

    Hopi Elementary

    Diana Bode
    Emily Deck
    Jennifer Fox
    Laura Mitchell *
    Nicole Packer
    Deborah Voris

  • Ingleside MS

    Jena Krahl
    Susan Leonard **
    Karen Savittieri
    Wesley Wagner

    Kiva Elementary

    Sheila Fullerton
    Ashley Sorice

    Laguna Elementary

    Jennifer Bethke
    Abbey Bobbett
    Linda Graham
    Debra Hawkins
    Carrie Miller
    Stephanie Shamy
    Robin Wynne

    Mohave Middle


    Navajo Elementary

    Rachel Mazzullo
              (shared with Hohokam/Yavapai, Pima & Pueblo) 
    Cristi Youngkin
    Brandy Wilson *

    Pima Traditional

    Rachel Mazzullo
              (shared with Hohokam/Yavapai, Navajo & Pueblo)
    Christina Smith

    Pueblo Elementary

    Alicia Majercin
    Rachel Mazzullo
              (shared with Hohokam/Yavapai, Navajo & Pima)

    Redfield Elementary

    Kelly Acridge
    Darci Aronson
    Nancy Cavenaugh **
    Megan Kraatz
    Jill Schadt
    Cathy Skinner
    Kelly Vandeheuvel

    Saguaro HS

    Ashley Crose
    Tammy Dias **

    Sequoya Elementary

    Judith Droz
    Karen Wiebel

    Scottsdale Online

    Jennifer Antrim
    Erin Hansen
    Cathy Saraniero

    SUSD District Office

    Diane Murphy, Teaching and Learning

    Tavan Elementary

    LeeAnn Holt

    Tonalea K-8

    Joy Funk
    Kim Keck
    Michelle Piazza



  • * This teacher is newly certified in 2023

    ** These teachers' certifications have been renewed for 2023