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Two Platteville teachers earn national certification
Five in district already certified
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Two more Platteville School District teachers have achieved national certification.

Platteville Middle School principal Jason Julius achieved his certification while he was a science teacher at Platteville High School. Julius is certified in Science/Adolescence and Young Adulthood.

PHS foreign language teacher Elizabeth Peters achieved her certification in World Languages Other than English/Early Adolescence and Young Adulthood.

Julius and Peters join five Platteville teachers — PHS physical education teacher Maureen Vorwald, PHS biology teacher Ann Kroncke, PMS sixth-grade teacher Laura Digman, PMS fifth-grade teacher Julie Julius, and Neal Wilkins special education teacher teacher Yvette Marshall — with national board certification.

Also attaining national board certification are Penny Wiegel of Belmont, in reading–language arts/Early and Middle Childhood, and Southwestern Elementary School teacher Luanne Schambow in Exceptional Needs Specialist/Early Childhood through Young Adulthood.

Seventy-seven teachers in Wisconsin were among the more than 4,000 teachers nationwide who became National Board Certified Teachers this year. Wisconsin was 15th in the nation for the number of newly certified teachers.

“The quality of the teacher in the classroom is the single most important school-based factor in children’s learning, and these educators went the extra step to fortify their knowledge and practice by earning national certification,” said Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Evers.

 Wisconsin now has 953 practicing teachers who earned certification through the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards. To earn the certification, teachers must complete four portfolio entries that feature teaching practice and six assessments of content knowledge, skills, and practice.

Wisconsin is among approximately two-thirds of states that provide salary incentives and cover some costs to achieve the advanced credential. Those who teach in state schools can receive up to $2,000 to reimburse the cost of earning national board certification and nine annual stipends of $2,500 if they remain employed as Wisconsin educators. Teachers with a Wisconsin Professional Educator License can qualify for the Wisconsin Master Educator License after earning NBCT certification.