‘A crowning achievement’: 17 out of 21 new National Board Certified teachers in Helena

Capital High School math teacher Jake Warner has taught at Capital for six years and has been National Board Certified for four years.

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The National Board for Professional Teaching Standards announced that 21 Montana teachers have successfully earned their National Board Certification, and 17 of the 21 are Helena teachers.

“Earning National Board Certification is a crowning achievement in an educator’s career,” said Amanda Curtis, Montana Professional Teaching Foundation (MPTF) chair and Montana Federation of Public Employees president. “I join Montanans in congratulating these dedicated professionals for the incredible feat they’ve accomplished. These educators provide our students the best education in America, and Montana families are grateful to them.”

MPTF administers the program in Montana and is the nonprofit foundation of the Montana Federation of Public Employees, the union that represents public educators in the state.

Jane Shawn, president of the Helena Education Association, stated that Helena has 38 out of the 175 National Board Certified teachers in the state. She said there’s been a rise in certification across Montana, but especially in Helena in recent years. This is

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