Congratulations to three of our LIS alumni, who have joined the ranks of educators receiving National Board Certification this year. They are Audrey Okemura, librarian at Pearl City High, Laura Ginoza, librarian at Pearl City Elementary, and Kathleen Nullet, librarian at Kailua Intermediate. Okemura and Ginoza were nationally certified as school library media specialists and Nullet, who just recently accepted a library post, was certified as a social studies teacher.
Certification requires a rigorous peer review process including candidates taking exams and submitting portfolios. The National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS), which was formed in 1987, oversees the certification process. The mission of NBPTS is to advance the quality of teaching and learning by offering a national voluntary system of certifying educators who meet these standards.