National Board Certified Teachers

Congratulations to all of our National Board Certified Teachers! This amazing accomplishment requires an extraordinary amount of hard work and dedication over an extended period of time. Only 112,000, about 3%, of teachers nationwide are National Board certified.

This rigorous process requires teachers to demonstrate standards-based evidence of the positive effect they have on student learning. They must exhibit a deep understanding of their students, content knowledge, use of data and assessments and teaching practice. They must also show that they participate in learning communities and provide evidence of ongoing reflection and continuous learning. Board certification is available in 25 certificate areas spanning 16 disciplines from Pre-K through 12th grade.

The Sunnyside Unified School District has 16 National Board Certified Teachers with even more working towards this great accomplishment.

Brittany Betterton

Literacy: Reading-Language Arts/Early and Middle Childhood
November 2013
Elvira Elementary School

Lianna Castillo

Exceptional Needs Specialist/Early Childhood through Young Adulthood
November 2013
Mission Manor Elementary School

Daniel Dong

Science/Early Adolescence
December 2017
Billy Lane Lauffer Middle School

Maggie Hackett

Literacy: Reading-Language Arts/Early and Middle Childhood
November 2008
District Office

Mary Ann Jester

Literacy: Reading-Language Arts/Early and Middle Childhood
December 2017

Eva Pina-Malbon

Literacy: Reading-Language Arts/Early and Middle Childhood
December 2017
Liberty Elementary School

Fatimah Al-Osaimi

National Certified Counselor
January 2022
Billy Lane Lauffer Middle School

Stephanie Shay

Literacy: Reading-Language Arts/Early and Middle Childhood
November 2015
Summit View Elementary School

Valerie Toala

Literacy: Reading-Language Arts/Early and Middle Childhood
December 2017
Liberty Elementary School

Jennifer Valentine

Generalist/Early Childhood
November 2008
Gallego Primary Fine Arts Magnet School

Tracy Vincent

Generalist/Early Childhood
November 2009
Liberty Elementary School

Mercedes Pemberton-Negrete

Generalist/Early Childhood
November 2007
Santa Clara Elementary School

Heather Morgan

Literacy: Reading-Language Arts/Early and Middle Childhood
December 2018
Los Amigos Elementary School

Courtney Vazquez

Literacy: Reading-Language Arts/Early and Middle Childhood
December 2019
Esperanza Elementary School

Ginny Wheeler

Generalist/Early Childhood
December 2020
Elvira Elementary School

Robin Zemaitis

Early and Middle Childhood/Literacy: Reading–Language Arts
December 2021
Elvira Elementary School