Queen Creek High School's special education teacher Rachel Stangler recently earned her National Board Certification, the highest recognition for teachers. This certification, known as the "gold standard," reflects Stangler's deep love for learning.
“National Board Certification is a deep reflection on your own teaching practices. It’s looking at data, at your practices, and looking for ways to improve,” said Stangler.
The National Board Certification process consists of four components, including a case study, portfolio submission, video submission and an exam that is specific to the teacher’s area of study.
“My particular certification exam included questions about all the possible disabilities that are qualifying areas under special education,” said Stangler. This included, “everything related to speech, hearing impairments, visual impairments and chromosomal impairments that people can have, so you have to have a broad study and research to prepare for the test.”
Currently, seven teachers in the Queen Creek Unified School District hold National Board Certification with five more in the process of certification.