• SUSD Governing Board Celebrates New and Renewed NBCTs

    Posted by SUSD Communications on 1/15/2019

    National Board Teachers

    The SUSD Governing Board celebrated the District's new and renewed National Board Certified Teachers (NBCTs) at its January 2019 Regular Meeting. 

    National Board Certification is a voluntary process that takes 1-3 years to complete. It requires teachers to demonstrate standards-based evidence of the positive effect they have on student learning in alignment with the Five Core Propositions. They must exhibit a deep understanding of their students, content knowledge, use of data, and assessments and teaching practice. They must also show they participate in learning communities and provide evidence of ongoing reflection and continuous learning.

    Arizona ranks 18th nationally in the number of NBCTs with 1,460, and Scottsdale Unified ranks at or near the top of all Arizona school districts.

    Kyle Bragg, physical education teacher at Anasazi Elementary School, is SUSD's newest NBCT. Kyle is in his 8th year of teaching and his 3rd in SUSD.  He received his Bachelor’s degree in Physical Education from Illinois State University in 2010 and his Master’s degree in Teaching & Learning from Nova Southeastern University in 2013. 

    Carrie Miller teaches 2nd grade at Laguna Elementary.  She began teaching in 2002, and is a graduate of Grand Canyon University, with a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education, and University of Phoenix, with a Master of Arts degree in Curriculum and Instruction. Carrie also has several education endorsements, including English as a Second Language (ESL), Early Childhood, and Middle Grades Language Arts.

    Diane Murphy has been an SUSD English Language Arts Academic Coach for the past 21 years and currently coaches our Pre-K to 5th grade teachers.  She earned her teaching degree from the University of Kansas and her Master’s degree in curriculum and instruction from ASU.

    Kim Vallejo was born and raised in Scottsdale, and proudly attended Pueblo, Mohave and Saguaro High School.  She earned her Bachelor’s degree from Grand Canyon University, and first started teaching in SUSD at Hohokam Elementary.  A Master’s degree from Northern Arizona University followed, then an English-as-a-Second Language endorsement from ASU. In 2001, Kim transferred to the newly built Copper Ridge School, at which she now serves as its elementary grades Gifted specialist and accelerated math teacher. 

    Wes Wagner started teaching at Ingleside Middle School in 2002.  He earned his undergraduate degree from ASU in Secondary English Education and a graduate degree from NAU in Education Curriculum and Instruction.  He is a past recipient of Ingleside's Scottsdale Charros ‘Educator of the Year’ award, as well as the Arizona Middle Level Association’s Educator Team That Makes a Difference Award. He teaches 8th grade Language Arts at Ingleside.

    The Board also recognized four District Candidate Support Providers. These NBCTs work tirelessly and are the driving force for much of the success of our candidate program: Tammy Andreas (Cochise Elementary School), Abbey Bobbett (Laguna Elementary School) and retired teachers Bobbie Faulkner and Mary Zongolowitz