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10 Maui Teachers Earn, Renew National Board Certification

January 24, 2019, 7:55 AM HST
* Updated January 25, 8:30 AM
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Ten teachers in Maui County earned or renewed their National Board for Professional Teaching Standards Certification, a mark of distinction recognizing accomplished teaching.

The educators join more than 650 National Board Certified Teachers in Hawaii.
Photo Credit: Department of Education

They are among 63 teachers statewide who voluntarily undertook and completed the profession’s highest mark of achievement through a rigorous, performance-based process, demonstrating their impact on student learning and achievement.

They join more than 650 National Board Certified Teachers in Hawai‘i, ranking Hawai‘i 11th in the country for the percentage of teachers who have Nation Board Certification.

The following HIDOE Maui teachers earned or had their certification renewed:

Mary Jean Bega, Pukalani Elementary
Lani Espinoza, Kīhei Elementary
Kathleen Schaffer-Barr, Kīhei Elementary
Rodney Wade, Kīhei Elementary
Andrea French, Hāna High and Elementary
Jennifer Kaopua, Waiheʻe Elementary
Greta Martinez Vides, Kualapuʻu Elementary Public Charter School
Teresa Rosario, Maui High
Julia Wagner, Princess Nāhiʻenaʻena Elementary
Andrea Yuen, Kaunakakai Elementary


Maui Now also received notification that Kamehameha Maui teachers: Alana Kaʻōpūiki-Pellegrino, and Nicki Barsamian also received their NBCT alongside those recognized DOE teachers.


“The level of dedication shown by these teachers speaks volumes about their commitment to excellence in teaching and we sincerely applaud their efforts,” said Cynthia Covell, assistant superintendent of the Department’s Office of Talent Management. “We look forward to supporting their professional development and providing well-earned incentives for their achievements.”

A group of Hawai‘i Island teachers was recognized at an event in Kea‘au Tuesday, to be followed by a ceremony for O‘ahu teachers at the Hawai‘i State Capitol on Wednesday. Ceremonies are also planned for Maui and Kaua‘i teachers.

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