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The National Board is governed by a 29-member board of directors, the majority of whom are National Board Certified Teachers and teaching professionals. The other directors include a former state commissioner of education, school board leaders, higher education officials, union leaders, and community leaders.

The National Board’s President and CEO also serves on the Board of Directors. You can read individual NBPTS Board member biographies by using the links below. The National Board also honors the leadership of our former Board members.

Melissa Albright, NBCT

Melissa Albright, NBCT

Wilson's Creek Intermediate SchoolSpringfield, Missouri

Melissa Albright, NBCT

Wilson's Creek Intermediate SchoolSpringfield, Missouri

Melissa Albright is a National Board Certified Teacher (Middle Childhood Generalist) who renewed her certificate in 2013. She teaches 5th grade English Language Arts at Wilson’s Creek 5/6 Intermediate School in Springfield, Missouri. She has been a classroom educator for 25 years in rural and urban school districts. Following her passion for learning she holds a Masters in Education: Administration and Supervision, a Specialist in Education: Superintendent and Elementary Principal, and a Doctorate in Education: Instructional Leadership.

Albright has served on the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education Advisory Board for the Certification of Educators for 8 years either as chair or vice chair. During her tenure on this committee, the Missouri Teaching Standards were written and adopted by the state board of education. She serves as a member of the National Education Association’s Resolution Committee, co-chairs the Missouri National Education Association’s Legislative/Resolutions Committee, and is a member of the Springfield National Education Association executive board.

Albright served as Facilitator of National Board Training for the Southwest Missouri Regional Professional Development Center from 2005-2007 and has mentored many national board candidates. She has received many local and state foundation grants to provide learning materials for her students. She is active in many local clubs and church groups volunteering her time.

Albright and her husband, Garret, are the parents of two sons.

Megan Allen, NBCT

Megan Allen, NBCT

Mount Holyoke College SouthHadley, Massachusetts

Megan Allen, NBCT

Mount Holyoke College SouthHadley, Massachusetts

Megan M. Allen, EdD, is a National Board Certified Teacher, the 2010 Florida Teacher of the Year, and a finalist for 2010 National Teacher of the Year. She is currently serving as the Director of Partnerships for the National Network of State Teachers of the Year (NNSTOY). She formerly developed and directed the Master of Arts in Teacher Leadership at Mount Holyoke College in South Hadley, MA, where she still teaches and supports great teachers in developing the skills and knowledge to lead the profession. She was an elementary and special education teacher for ten years, serving in Title One schools in Tampa, FL.

Megan is a huge policy nerd who enjoys blogging for Education Week at An Edugeek’s Guide to K12 Practice and Policy and for the Center for Teaching Quality at Musings of a Red Headed Teacher.  She is also proud to serve on the Board of Directors for the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards and the Teacher Advisory Board for Teaching Partners. Contact her on Twitter @redhdteacher

Catherine Anderson, NBCT

Catherine Anderson, NBCT

DeLong Middle SchoolEau Claire, WI

Catherine Anderson, NBCT

DeLong Middle SchoolEau Claire, WI

Catherine Anderson is a renewed National Board Certified Teacher in Early Adolescence Science (1999) and a retired 8th Grade Physical Science Teacher and Science Department Chair at DeLong Middle School in Eau Claire, Wis. Currently, Ms. Anderson serves as faculty with the St. Mary’s of Minnesota Master of Arts in Education Wisconsin program and is a guest teacher with the Eau Claire Area School District. She is also a candidate support provider for the state of WI. Ms. Anderson is a member of the Wisconsin National Board Network, the Wisconsin Society of Science Teachers, the National Middle Level Science Teachers Association and is a former three term member of the Board of Directors of Group Health Cooperative of Eau Claire serving as Board President, Treasurer, and as member of both the Executive Committee and Finance Committee. Ms. Anderson has been recognized as a Herb Kohl Fellowship awardee, Wisconsin State Middle School Teacher of the Year, WSST Outstanding Science Teacher, WEST Distinguished Science Teacher, Japan Fulbright Memorial Fund Teacher, and Presidential Award for Mathematics and Science Teaching and Disney’s Excellence in Teaching Award Nominee. She was recently given a lifetime achievement award by the Wisconsin Education Association for commitment to accomplished teaching and was inducted into the DeLong Middle School Hall of Honor. 

Peggy Brookins, NBCT

Peggy Brookins, NBCT

President and CEO

Peggy Brookins, NBCT

President and CEO

Former NBPTS Board member Peggy Brookins, NBCT, joined the National Board as Executive Vice President in December 2014, and was named President & CEO in November 2015. Her long career as an educator includes many national leadership positions and accolades. In July 2014, President Barack Obama named Brookins as a member of the President’s Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for African Americans. She joins the National Board from the Engineering and Manufacturing Institute of Technology at Forest High School in Ocala, Florida, which she co-founded in 1994 and where she served as director and as a mathematics instructor.

On the NBPTS Board from 2007 to 2011, Brookins served as audit committee chair and on the CEO Search Committee. In addition, she has served on the board of inBloom, The Conference Board of Mathematical Sciences Ad Hoc Committee on Teachers as Professionals, the Content Technical Working Group for the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers, a commissioner on the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP). She has served as a national trainer for AFT (Thinking Mathematics K-2, 3-6, 6-8 Common Core, collaborator and national trainer for Thinking Mathematics 6-8), member of the PARCC assessment team, serves on the Advisory Board of Digital Promise, SREB Teacher Prep Commission, P21 Executive Board, and the Executive Board of the Trump Foundation of Israel.

Brookins achieved her certification in Adult and Young Adolescent Mathematics in 2003 and renewed in 2013. She has been inducted into the University of Florida Hall of Fame in 2009, is a Florida Education Association “Everyday Hero,” and received the association’s Excellence in Teaching Award. In 2013, Brookins was named an Aspen Ideas Festival Scholar. She received a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Florida.

Sarah Brown Wessling, NBCT

Sarah Brown Wessling, NBCT

Johnston High SchoolJohnston, Iowa

Sarah Brown Wessling, NBCT

Johnston High SchoolJohnston, Iowa

Sarah Brown Wessling is an NBCT (ELA/AYA) and an English Teacher at Johnston High School in Johnston, Iowa.  She also is a Teaching Laureate for the Teaching Channel.  Ms. Wessling was the 2010 National Teacher of the Year.  She is the co-author of the book Supporting Students in a Time of Core Standards and has written numerous articles and has blogged for various organizations and publications such as Phi Delta Kappan.

Mary Cathryn Ricker, NBCT

Mary Cathryn Ricker, NBCT

Executive Vice President, AFTSt. Paul, Minnesota

Mary Cathryn Ricker, NBCT

Executive Vice President, AFTSt. Paul, Minnesota

Mary Cathryn Ricker is the executive vice president of the American Federation of Teachers. She was overwhelmingly elected to that position in July 2014 at the AFT’s biennial convention. Ricker served as president of the Saint Paul (Minn.) Federation of Teachers since 2005, as an AFT vice president since 2012, and a member of the AFT K-12 Teachers program and policy council since 2006.

A native of Hibbing, Minn., Ricker has taught in classrooms in St. Cloud and Saint Paul, Minn.; Camas, Wash.; and Seoul, South Korea. In addition to being a National Board Certified middle school English teacher, Ricker also serves on the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards board of directors. She also serves on the Education Minnesota governing board and is the past president of the Education Minnesota Foundation for Teaching and Learning.  Among the current national boards Ricker serves on are United Way USA, National Democratic Institute for International Affairs, Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation, AFL-CIO Department for Professional Employees and the Albert Shanker Institute.

Ricker leads the AFT’s Innovation Fund on behalf of President Randi Weingarten. Additionally, she has chaired the AFT Task Force on Professionalism and serves on the AFT Task Force on Latino Issues. Other issues in her portfolio of work include expanding Bargaining for the Common Good, promoting accomplished teaching and National Board Certification, advocating for refugee or immigrant children and their families; rural and Native American advocacy; healthy schools; diversifying the teaching profession; multilingual education/English Language Learners; countering violent extremism and addressing Islamophobia; and improving school climate and ending discipline disparities.

Ricker’s husband, Robert Cudahy, is a teacher of English language learners, and their two children are students in public schools.

Jeff Charbonneau, NBCT

Jeff Charbonneau, NBCT

Zillah High SchoolZillah, WA

Jeff Charbonneau, NBCT

Zillah High SchoolZillah, WA

Jeff Charbonneau teaches chemistry, physics, engineering, and robotics at Zillah High School. He was selected as the 2013 National Teacher of the Year by the Council of Chief State School Officers.

Charbonneau is a National Board Certified teacher whose goal is to overturn the stigma among some students that his course subjects are “hard” science classes. An adjunct faculty member at Central Washington University and Eastern Washington University, Charbonneau has created a series of college-level science and engineering offerings that allow Zillah students to earn college credit before graduation.

Before beginning his teaching career in Zillah, Charbonneau earned a Bachelor of Science in Biology and was a member of the William O. Douglas Honors College at Central Washington University. He also holds a Master of Education from Central Washington University.

Tammy Dunn, NBCT

Tammy Dunn, NBCT

Hoover City SchoolsHoover, AL

Tammy Dunn, NBCT

Hoover City SchoolsHoover, AL

Tammy Dunn serves as the Chief Academic Officer for A+ College Ready, an educational non-profit with the mission of bringing educational access to Alabama students by creating rigorous curricular materials and providing extensive professional learning opportunities for math, science, English, social studies and computer science teachers in the state of Alabama.  This work includes the intensive support of Advanced Placement teachers and students and has helped Alabama earn the #1 ranking in growth in AP qualifying scores among all fifty states over the last eight years.  Tammy is an NBCT (AYA Science 2008) and former Alabama Teacher of the Year (2004). She previously served as the Chief Academic Officer for Mathematics and Science for Hoover City Schools and the science supervisor for Jefferson County Schools.

Lily Eskelsen García

Lily Eskelsen García

President National Education Association

Lily Eskelsen García

President National Education Association

Lily Eskelsen García is president of the National Education Association, the nation’s largest labor union.

Lily began her career in education as a school lunch lady and now leads a professional association of three million educators. She is the first Latina to lead the NEA and one of the country’s most influential Hispanic educators.

Prior to assuming the top post, Lily served two terms as NEA Vice President and Secretary-Treasurer. She became a vocal critic of the standardized testing movement and raised alarms on the outsize role that testing is playing in public education: taking over the time students spend in the classroom, being used as a weapon against their teachers, and distracting from the real problem of unequal opportunities for students.

Her new role is an extension of her teaching days in Utah. She was named Utah Teacher of the Year in 1989 after nine years in the classroom. She also worked with homeless children and gifted children; as a mentor for student teachers; and as a peer assistance team leader at Orchard Elementary School in the suburbs of Salt Lake City.

In 1998 she attempted to put her 20 years of experience working with small children to practical use by becoming her party’s nominee for the U.S. Congress. The rookie effort didn’t work out but she made her mark: she was the first Hispanic to run for Congress in her state and earned 45 percent of the vote against the incumbent.

Lily is a sought-after speaker and delivered keynote addresses at hundreds of education events across the country, earning her recognition by Education World in their “Best Conference Speakers” edition. She also blogs at “Lily’s Blackboard,” bringing a teacher’s voice to topical education issues. Her advice has been published in Parenting magazine and she has been featured on MSNBC, CNN en Español and as the voice of the noble opposition on Fox & Friends.

Lily serves as the Vice President of Educational International for the North America and Caribbean Region, pursuing a common course of action on issues like collective bargaining, raising student achievement, and adequate funding that resonate around the world.

Lily believes in the sacred duty of all educators to be professionals and to care for the whole student – mind, body and character – no matter how students arrive and no matter their learning conditions, their home conditions or their health conditions. She also believes that professionalism carries the responsibility to take action, individually and collectively, toward making the promise of public education a reality and preparing the whole and happy child to succeed in becoming a whole and happy adult.

Lily is a graduate of the University of Utah, graduating magna cum laude in elementary education and later earning her master’s degree in instructional technology.

Sharon Gallagher-Fishbaugh, NBCT

Sharon Gallagher-Fishbaugh, NBCT

Vice Chair Past President Utah Education AssociationSalt Lake City, UT

Sharon Gallagher-Fishbaugh, NBCT

Vice Chair Past President Utah Education AssociationSalt Lake City, UT

Sharon Gallagher-Fishbaugh was a special education/elementary educator in Salt Lake City, Utah for 32 years. In 2010, Sharon was elected, in a statewide vote, as the President of the Utah Education Association and served in this position for a total of six years. She has more than 38 years of experience in public education.

Gallagher-Fishbaugh is a National Board Certified Teacher, a distinction earned by just 112,000 teachers nationwide who meet rigorous teaching criteria set by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS). She is the current vice-chair of the NBPTS Board of Directors.

Sharon is the 2009 Utah Teacher of the Year and is a recipient of the 2009 California Casualty Academic Award for Teaching Excellence and the 2009 Horace Mann Award for Teaching Excellence. In April 2010, the National Education Association Foundation awarded her its top honor, the $25,000 NEA Member Benefits Award for Teaching Excellence.

Sharon is a NEA Foundation Global Learning Fellow where she has learned to be an ambassador for global learning and competence. She has visited schools in Peru, China and Finland.

Sharon is a member of the National Network of State Teachers of the Year (NNSTOY), and the Utah State Teachers of the Year (UTSTOY) chapter.  She is currently the Chair of the National Education Association Foundation’s Board of Directors. Sharon has served on many national commissions and task forces including the Commission on Effective Teachers and Teaching, The Council of Accreditation of Teacher Preparation Programs, the Teacher Residency Task Force, the Teacher Accountability Task Force and the Governor’s Education Excellence Commission.

Sharon received her Bachelor’s Degree in Special Education/Elementary Education from Loretto Heights College, Denver, Colorado and her Master’s Degree in Education/National Board Certified Teacher Leadership from National University, La Jolla, California.

Twitter handle @SharonGF_NBCT

Montserrat Garibay, NBCT

Montserrat Garibay, NBCT

Education AustinAustin, TX

Montserrat Garibay, NBCT

Education AustinAustin, TX

Montserrat Garibay, is a National Board Certified Teacher and the Vice President for Certified Employees with Education Austin, the union representing over 3,000 employees in the Austin Independent School District (AISD).

She taught bilingual Pre-K for 8 years in the AISD. She was the co-founder of the University Leadership Initiative, which promotes the passage of the Federal DREAM Act and Immigration Reform.

Ms. Garibay came to the U.S. as an undocumented immigrant from Mexico and after 20 years in the U.S. she became a US Citizen in 2012. A byproduct of public schools, Ms. Garibay attended the Texas public schools and received her undergraduate degree and a Master’s Degree in Curriculum and Instruction at the University of Texas at Austin.

Today, Ms. Garibay remains a fierce advocate for children and families on issues of access and equity in public education. She’s also a tireless advocate with a proven track record of fighting for and working-on a broad cross section of human and civil rights ranging from race, women’s rights, immigration, voter participation and labor.

Ms. Garibay is a member At-Large with the Democratic National Committee and a member of AVANCE’s National Board of Directors. On March 2016, she was inducted to the City of Austin’s Women’s Hall of Fame for breaking barriers for women and girls.

Benny Gooden

Benny Gooden

Arkansas Colleges of Health EducationFort Smith, AR

Benny Gooden

Arkansas Colleges of Health EducationFort Smith, AR

Benny L. Gooden retired as superintendent of schools in Fort Smith, Arkansas, after 30 years in that position.  He has served in public education for 50 years as a teacher, building administrator, central office administrator and for 41 years as a school superintendent. Gooden has served as President of his state administrators association, and as President of the American Association of School Administrators Association (AASA) in 2012-2013.  He was named Arkansas Superintendent of the Year in 1992, recipient of the Dr. Dan Pilkington Award by the Arkansas School Boards Association in 2000 and the Phoebe Apperson Hearst Award by the National PTA in 1999.  He was presented the Citation of Merit by the University of Missouri College of Education Alumni Association in 2010 and the Distinguished Service Award by the American Association of School Administrators in 2014. In 2014 he was named Administrator of the Year by the Arkansas School Band and Orchestra Association and he received the Educational Excellence Award from AdvancED in 2015. The Arkansas Teachers for National Board Certification presented Gooden with its Advocate for Education Award in 2014.

Gooden is a visiting assistant professor in educational leadership at the University of Arkansas.  He is a frequent lecturer on educational leadership issues dealing with legislation, governance, and finance.  Gooden has served on numerous AASA committees and was director of the AASA Singing Superintendents for more than 20 years. He has been involved with legislative issues affecting public education at the state and national levels for many years.

Dr. Gooden and his wife, Martha, are the parents of three children and nine grandchildren.

Terry Holliday

Terry Holliday

Board Chair

Terry Holliday

Board Chair

Terry Holliday is the board chairman of the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards. He comes to the National Board with more than 40 years of classroom teaching and education leadership in district, state and national roles.

Most recently, Dr. Holliday served as the fifth Commissioner of the Kentucky Department of Education from 2009 through 2015. While leading the Kentucky schools, Dr. Holliday introduced innovative programs, led high student performance and brought national recognition to the state for its education improvement efforts.

During his time serving the State of Kentucky, Dr. Holliday also held leadership roles for national organizations. In December 2010, he was named to the board of directors for the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO). CCSSO is a nonpartisan, nationwide, nonprofit organization of public officials who head departments of elementary and secondary education in the states, the District of Columbia, the Department of Defense Education Activity and five U.S. extra-state jurisdictions.

In September 2011, Dr. Holliday was appointed to serve a four-year term on the National Assessment Governing Board. The board sets policy for the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), known as the Nation’s Report Card. In June 2013, Dr. Holliday was appointed to serve a three-year term on the Board of Overseers of the Baldridge Performance Excellence Program. The Board of Overseers, which consists of distinguished leaders from all sectors of the U.S. economy, is appointed by the Secretary of Commerce to advise the Department of Commerce on the Baldrige Program.

Before his role in Kentucky, Dr. Holliday previously served as superintendent of the 20,000-student Iredell-Statesville school district, where he earned the 2009 North Carolina Superintendent of the Year Award as well as the 2008 Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, which was created by an act of Congress in 1987 to recognize organizations with long-term improvement in quality and productivity. Dr. Holliday has held many positions in school systems since 1972, including director of accountability, school principal, and band director. He has also served on numerous committees and boards on a local and national level, including the Governor’s Task Force for Transforming Education in Kentucky.

Dr. Holliday earned a bachelor’s degree from Furman University, a master’s degree and education specialist degree from Winthrop University, and a doctorate from the University of South Carolina.

A native of Belton, South Carolina, Dr. Holliday and his wife, Denise, are the parents of two children.

Tonia Holmes-Sutton, NBCT

Tonia Holmes-Sutton, NBCT

Public Education FoundationLas Vegas, NV

Tonia Holmes-Sutton, NBCT

Public Education FoundationLas Vegas, NV

Tonia Holmes-Sutton, Ed.D. having earned her Master’s Degree in Special Education in 2004 and her doctorate in Educational Leadership in 2012, is leading the way in education advocacy in southern Nevada. Tonia is a National Board Certified Teacher (Early Childhood Generalist) serving children, families, and educators across the country.

Her primary service and support has been to children and families of high-needs communities within the Las Vegas Valley. Locally, Holmes-Sutton now serves as the National Board Network to Transform Teaching (NT3) Site Director for the state of Nevada.  Charged with the task of embedding accomplished teaching along the teacher career continuum and scaling National Board certification, she commits to serve and support teachers throughout the state through innovative programming and partnerships with the Public Education Foundation, Nevada Department of Education, Nevada State Education Association, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and Nevada State College as well as many other education and community partners and stakeholders.

More globally, Holmes-Sutton serves as a Governor-appointed member on the Nevada State Board of Education and on the WestEd Board of Directors; in addition to serving as a TeachStrong Ambassador, an NEA Emerging Leader, and President-Elect of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas College of Education Alumni Association. Within these roles, Tonia strives to commit to excellence in service through education; continuing a family legacy that dates back to the late 1800s when her family established the first school for Blacks in Shelby County School District, Tennessee.

A passionate and committed educational advocate, Tonia is a proponent of professional learning communities, and teaching and family partnerships; advocating for families to engage as full partners in their children’s education to increase student learning and achievement.  She has participated in professional staff development as a national consultant and as a presenter at district, state, and national conferences.  Holmes-Sutton is the co-author of Parent and Family Engagement: The Missing Piece in Urban Education Reform, a policy brief for The Lincy Institute at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.  Her dissertation research entitled, Community Perspectives on Black Parent Engagement in West Las Vegas, Before and After Desegregation: A Case Study examines community perspectives concerning Black parent engagement in West Las Vegas before and after school desegregation efforts in Clark County, Nevada.

As a military daughter Tonia has lived in several states throughout the country, as well as overseas. She has made Las Vegas, Nevada home with her husband, Walter, and their daughter Brittany Danielle.  Tonia also has six ‘forever’ children that she has cared for throughout recent years who reside in Nevada, Germany, Spain, and Serbia.

Mae Jemison

Mae Jemison

Founder, The Jemison Group, Inc. former NASA astronaut

Mae Jemison

Founder, The Jemison Group, Inc. former NASA astronaut

Dr. Mae C. Jemison is currently leading 100 Year Starship (100YSS) an initiative seed funded by DOD’s Defense Advanced Research Project Agency (DARPA) to assure the capability for human interstellar space travel to another star is possible within the next 100 years. She also is founder of the technology consulting firm, The Jemison Group, Inc. that integrates the critical impact of socio-cultural issues when designing and implementing technologies, such as their projects on using satellite technology for health care delivery in West Africa and solar dish Stirling engines for electricity generation in developing countries.

Dr. Jemison, the first woman of color in the world to go into space, served six years as a NASA astronaut. She flew aboard the Space Shuttle Endeavour, STS-47 Spacelab J(apan) mission in September 1992 and was NASA’s first Science Mission Specialist performing experiments in material science, life science and human adaptation to weightlessness.

Started after she left NASA, The Jemison Group also explores and develops stand-alone science and technology programs and companies. BioSentient Corporation, a medical technology devices and services company focused on improving health and human performance through physiologic awareness and self-regulation is such a company.

A strong, committed global voice for science literacy, in 1994 Jemison founded the international science camp The Earth We Share™ (TEWS) for students 12-16 years old from around the world, and founded and chairs the Dorothy Jemison Foundation for Excellence, a 501(c)3. TEWS-Space Race launched summer 2011 to improve science achievement in Los Angeles area students underserved and underrepresented in the sciences. Over four years its goal is to directly impact up to 10,000 middle school students and train 600 teachers. In October 2006 the Foundation developed the program Reality Leads Fantasy—Celebrating Women of Color in Flight that highlighted women in aviation and space from around the world. Dr. Jemison serves as national advocate for Bayer Corporation’s award winning Making Science Make Sense program.

An environmental studies professor at Dartmouth College, Jemison taught sustainable development and technology design and ran The Jemison Institute for Advancing Technologies in Developing Countries. She was an A.D. White Professor-at-Large at Cornell University.

Dr. Jemison is a member of the National Academy of Sciences’ Institute of Medicine and is: on the Board of Directors of Kimberly-Clark Corp., Scholastic, Inc. and Valspar Corp.; a Trustee of Morehouse College; Board of Texas Medical Center; and served as Chair, Texas State Product Development and Small Business Incubator Board; Chair, Greater Houston Partnership Disaster Planning and Recovery Task Force; a member Board of National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering. Dr. Jemison is an inductee of National Women’s Hall of Fame, National Medical Association Hall of Fame and Texas Science Hall of Fame. Among many honors, awards and honorary degrees she received the National Organization for Women’s Intrepid Award, the Kilby Science Award and in 1999 was selected as one of the top seven women leaders in a presidential ballot national straw poll

Prior to NASA, Jemison was Area Peace Corps Medical Officer for Sierra Leone and Liberia for two and a half years overseeing the healthcare system for Peace Corps (and State Department in Sierra Leone). Throughout Jemison has worked internationally including in a Cambodian refugee camp and with the Flying Doctors of East Africa. A general practice doctor in Los Angeles, Jemison earned a B.S. degree in chemical engineering and the requirements for an A.B. degree in African and Afro-American Studies at Stanford University and her M.D. from Cornell University.

Dr. Jemison is a highly sought after speaker on issues of health care, social responsibility, technology and motivation and has provided commentary for the BBC, McNeil Lehrer Report, ABC Nightline, NPR and CNN. In Find Where the Wind Goes, she writes for teenagers about growing up on the south side of Chicago, cultivating her aspiration to be a scientist, experiences as a medical student in Africa and her history-making journey into space. She appeared on an episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation, hosted the Discovery Channel’s series World of Wonder and was chosen one of People Magazine’s “World’s 50 Most Beautiful People” in 1993. Dr. Jemison resides in Houston and loves cats.

Dat Le, NBCT

Dat Le, NBCT

Arlington Public SchoolsArlington, VA

Dat Le, NBCT

Arlington Public SchoolsArlington, VA

Dat Le is the Science Supervisor for Arlington Public Schools.  In this position, he is responsible for the management and coordination of the K-12 science program serving over 26,000 students.  Prior to this position, Dat taught biology and environmental science for middle and high school students.  During his teaching career, Dat has received several teaching awards, including the Presidential Award for Excellence in Math and Science Teaching (PAEMST).

Dat has served on numerous standards committees at the district, state and national level.  This includes serving on the Virginia Standards of Learning Assessment Science Content Review Committee.  He also served on the Science Standards Advisory Committee for the College Board which created the Science College Board Standards for College Success, 2009 edition.  In 2012, Dat served as the co-chair for the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) Science Committee which developed the National Board Science Standards, Third Edition.  Most recently, Dat served on the standards committee that created the Educators Rising Standards, 2016 edition.

Dat has been an adjunct faculty member at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, where he has taught graduate level research and statistics courses for the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies.  He is also a member of the Virginia Science Education Leadership Association and serves on the executive board.  In addition to being a reviewer for several textbook publishers, Dat has also led national workshops and presentations on the teaching and learning of science.

Dat has a B.S. in Biology from the University of Mary Washington, an M.Ed. in Administration and Supervision from Virginia Commonwealth University, and a Ph.D. in Educational Research and Evaluation from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.  He is certified in biology and is a National Board Certified Teacher.

Doug Lea, NBCT

Doug Lea, NBCT

Elementary Band DirectorColumbia, Maryland

Doug Lea, NBCT

Elementary Band DirectorColumbia, Maryland

Doug Lea, NBCT, is an elementary school band director in his hometown of Columbia, Maryland with more than 25 years’ experience in public school classrooms. He has taught, coached, or mentored students of virtually all ages and ability levels. His undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan in Music Education was followed by an MS in Counseling and a post-graduate certificate in School Administration, both from the Johns Hopkins University. He holds a K-12 teaching certificate in Maryland with endorsements in music, counseling, and administration.

As a National Board Certification Candidate Support Provider and NBCT Program Ambassador for National University’s P20 Leadership Center, Lea leads groups of teachers through both the National Board process and NU’s Master of Arts in Teaching program. He has also served as an assessor and a consultant for the National Board.

Lea was the 2010-2011 Teaching Fellow for the National Education Association (NEA) where he worked on education policy as it relates to teacher quality. Through various roles at the NEA, including serving as a Board Member and Chair of the Professional Standards and Practice Committee, he has continued to promote teacher leadership in education policy. Lea currently serves as Vice Chair of the Howard County Commission on Disability Issues and Vice President of the Howard County Education Association. 

Deborah Loewenberg Ball

Deborah Loewenberg Ball

Dean, School of Education University of MichiganAnn Arbor, Michigan

Deborah Loewenberg Ball

Dean, School of Education University of MichiganAnn Arbor, Michigan

Deborah Loewenberg Ball is the William H. Payne Collegiate Professor of education at the University of Michigan, an Arthur F. Thurnau Professor, and the director of TeachingWorks. She taught elementary school for more than 15 years, and continues to teach mathematics to elementary students every summer. Ball serves on the National Science Board and the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute Board of Trustees, chairs the Spencer Foundation Board of Directors, and is the president-elect of the American Educational Research Association. She completed eleven years as dean of the U-M School of Education in June 2016.

Ball’s research focuses on the work of teaching mathematics in ways that disrupt the reproduction of inequity and that make it possible for young people to enjoy and engage in mathematics in and out of school. She is an expert on teacher education, and her current work centers on how to improve the quality of beginning teaching.

Ball has authored or co-authored more than 150 publications and has lectured and made numerous major presentations around the world. Her research has been recognized with several awards and honors, and she has served on several national and international commissions and panels focused on policy initiatives and the improvement of education, including the National Mathematics Advisory Panel and the Commission on the Future of Undergraduate Education. She has been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the National Academy of Education, and is a fellow of the American Mathematical Society and the American Educational Research Association.

Renée Middleton

Renée Middleton

Council Co-Chair, Dean The Gladys W. & David H. Patton College of Education, College of Education at Ohio University

Renée Middleton

Council Co-Chair, Dean The Gladys W. & David H. Patton College of Education, College of Education at Ohio University

A member of the NBPTS Board of Directors since November 2013, Dr. Middleton currently serves as Dean of The Gladys W. & David H. Patton College of Education at Ohio University. She has more than 25 years of research experience with topics including racial identity development, multicultural counseling competency, disability policy issues, education & workforce diversity, and mentoring.

Dr. Middleton’s professional identity is counselor education. She has decades of experience teaching courses such as Multicultural Issues in Counseling, Counseling Theory & Practice, Counseling and Human Services, Writing for Research and Publication in Counseling, and Speech and Hearing core courses. She received her bachelor’s degree in Speech and Hearing with a minor in Behavioral Sciences from Andrews University in 1981. She received her master’s degree in Clinical Audiology with a minor in Speech Pathology and Behavioral Sciences from The University of Tennessee in 1983. She received her doctoral degree from Auburn University in 1990, with a focus on Rehabilitation Administration. 

Dr. Middleton has more than two decades of experience with leadership in a variety of areas to include: working with public schools in strategic planning for equitable school funding in concert with the Coalition of Rural and Appalachian Schools (CORAS), diversity and rehabilitation counseling and multicultural diversity, within the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitation Services, the National Institute for Disability and Rehabilitation Research, the Food & Drug Administration-Center for Devices & Radiological Health and the Alabama Board of Examiners in Counseling working on Ethics/Consumer Protection.  

She also serves as an elected Board Member-At-Large with the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE), and as an Executive Committee member at-large with the Council of Academic Deans from Research Education Institutes (CADREI).

She is the recipient of the 2017 Jason Kinsey Friend of NAPDS  Award (National Association for Professional Development Schools) as well as the 2017 recipient of the Edward C. Pomeroy Award for Outstanding Contributions to Teacher Education by the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE) and currently serves as Board Chair of AACTE, and is an Executive Committee member at-large with the Council of Academic Deans from Research Education Institutes (CADREI).

Becky Pringle

Becky Pringle

Vice President National Education Association

Becky Pringle

Vice President National Education Association

Becky Pringle is vice president of the National Education Association, the nation’s largest labor union and professional association for educators. A middle school science teacher with 31 years of classroom experience, Pringle has distinguished herself as a thoughtful, passionate advocate for educators and students, focusing on issues of educator empowerment and student success, diversity, and developing future leaders.

Pringle most recently served as NEA Secretary-Treasurer. A strategic thinker and leader, she was integral to the success of NEA’s work to transform the education professions and improve student learning. Most notably, she led the workgroup that produced the Association’s groundbreaking Policy Statement on Teacher Evaluation and Accountability—NEA’s first broad endorsement of the need for a student-centered, educator-led evaluation and shared accountability system.

Pringle has a long and notable record of Association advocacy at the national, state, and local levels. She began her leadership journey as a local president, and then went on to serve on the Board of Directors for NEA and the Pennsylvania State Education Association (PSEA). She also served two terms as a member of NEA’s Executive Committee where she distinguished herself as a thoughtful and passionate advocate for the nation’s public school educators and students.

Pringle has been recognized by education and social justice organizations for her commitment to educational equity. She is a recipient of the Black Women’s Roundtable Education Innovation & Social Justice Leadership Award from the National Coalition on Black Civic Participation, Woman of Power Award from the National Action Network and was named Community Woman of the Year by the American Association of University Women. The impact of her leadership is far-reaching, and includes serving as finance chair of the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards; on the Blue Ribbon Panel on Teacher Preparation for the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education; and on the Institute for Educational Leadership Task Force.

Pringle received her bachelor of science degree in elementary education from the University of Pittsburgh and a master’s degree in education from Pennsylvania State University.

David Quolke

David Quolke

Cleveland Teachers UnionCleveland, Ohio

David Quolke

Cleveland Teachers UnionCleveland, Ohio

David Quolke has been President of the Cleveland Teachers Union since 2008.  A graduate of Cleveland State University, David was an Orientation and Mobility Instructor working with blind and visually impaired students throughout the Cleveland Schools prior to being elected President.   Throughout his career, David has been a passionate advocate for students with disabilities.  He uses that same enthusiasm as an advocate for all children, educators, and public education.

Under his progressive leadership, the CTU has been at the forefront Statewide in developing a new Teacher Development and Evaluation System, taking the lead on implementing the new Common Core Standards, collaborating with the district and national partners to implement a strong Social and Emotional Learning curriculum.  Under his leadership, the CTU secured $300,000 from the AFT Innovative Fund to develop strong lesson plans tied to the new standards developed by Cleveland teachers and shared nationwide on “Share My Lesson”.    The recently concluded 2013 Collective Bargaining Agreement has been cited as a ground breaking contract focused on collaboration and including a new differentiated compensation system.  Although David’s tenure as president has been marked by unprecedented attacks on public education, public employees and especially educators, he has nonetheless been focused on solution-driven unionism and a passionate advocacy for his members and the children of Cleveland.

In addition to being President of the CTU, David is a Vice President of the American Federation of Teachers; past co-chair of Ohio 8, a coalition of the Superintendents and teacher Union Presidents in Ohio’s eight urban school districts; and serves on the Executive Board of the North Shore Federation of Labor and the Ohio AFL-CIO.

David is married to Lucy, and they have one daughter, Alexa (18).

Cheryl Redfield, NBCT

Cheryl Redfield, NBCT

Council Co-Chair ​Teacherpreneur Highland Junior High SchoolMesa, Arizona

Cheryl Redfield, NBCT

Council Co-Chair ​Teacherpreneur Highland Junior High SchoolMesa, Arizona

Cheryl A. Redfield, a National Board Certified Teacher in English Language Arts, is a 2014-15 Teacherpreneur from Gilbert, Arizona. The greatest influences on her instructional practice are the 21st century skills she cultivates in all students: critical thinking, problem resolution, global collaboration, and the effective communication of ideas, “These skills are fundamental to our children’s success, regardless of whether they choose to attend college and/or pursue a career.”

In addition to her work with the Center for Teaching Quality, Redfield served on the board of directors for the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation, on the Model Code of Ethics for Educators task force for NASDTEC, and on the Teacher Advisory Council for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. She is a member of the National Council of Teacher of English, the National Education Association as well as her state association AEA, and the Arizona Teacher Solutions Team.

You can read more about Redfield’s thoughts on teaching and learning at, Diary of a Divergent Teacher Leader, as well as by following her on Twitter @caredfield.

Redfield and her husband Jerry have four adult children: Tres, Angela, Philip, and Joshua. Tres, a graduate of Wheaton College (’05), teaches AP Macro-Economics at a boarding school in Changsha, Hunan- China. Angela (Chuck), also a graduate of Wheaton College (’09), serves on the Law Review at DePaul University College of Law; they are the proud parents of two little girls, Mikayla and Callie. Philip is a screenwriter and an MLB blogger who currently resides in Chicago. Joshua, also a screenwriter as well as an actor, lives in New York. When she’s not writing or speaking, Redfield enjoys dystopian novels and movies as well as hiking the mountain trails and canyons of Arizona.

Daniela Robles, NBCT

Daniela Robles, NBCT

Teacher Retention and Professional Development Coordinator Balsz School DistrictPhoenix, Arizona

Daniela Robles, NBCT

Teacher Retention and Professional Development Coordinator Balsz School DistrictPhoenix, Arizona

Daniela Robles has spent nearly two decades serving the profession in multiple capacities, and is currently a Teacher Retention and Professional Development Coordinator for the Balsz School District in Phoenix, Arizona. She achieved National Board Certification in Early/Middle Childhood Literacy-Language Arts in 2007. She served for two years as a member of the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards D.R.E.A.M. Team (Direct Recruiting Efforts to Attract Minorities). She is committed to serving our most deserving communities. Her commitment to this effort sparked the full feature documentary Mitchell 20 released in 2011. She serves on the Board of Directors for the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards and the Arizona K-12 Center.

Robles believes that building the capacity of teachers, builds the capacity of students. She finds the act of amplifying her voice causes her heart rate to quicken, but that does not shake her belief that her thoughts and ideas are worthy of consideration and attention.

Clarence Savoie

Clarence Savoie

National School Boards Association St.Charles Parish, LA

Clarence Savoie

National School Boards Association St.Charles Parish, LA

Clarence “Sonny” Savoie, is currently serving in his 26th year on the St. Charles Parish School Board. His long tenure with the Board enabled him to serve on the National School Boards Association in 2002 and was elected as the 62nd president of  (NSBA) in 2009. Savoie was a member of the National PTA Board of Directors in 2009-2010 and currently serves as the Chair of the Legislative Liaison Committee for the Louisiana PTA. Savoie is a very active advocate on local, state and national education issues.

Savoie also served on the Louisiana School Boards Association’s Board of Directors since 1995 and was president in 2001. In 2008 he was named Louisiana School Board Member of the Year.

Savoie has been a twelve-year math mentor at the middle school level and has taught Junior Achievement to third grade classes. He currently serves as a mentor to high school freshmen students.

Savoie worked 32 years with Texaco, Inc. in the oil and gas industry and retired in 2002. He has worked as an independent superintendent search consultant and now works as a starter and course advisor for the TPC golf facility, home of the Zurich Classic. He is actively involved in numerous church and community activities. His hobbies include fishing and golf.

He and his wife Merle have two daughters and four grandchildren. They reside in Paradis, La.

Susanne Silk, NBCT

Susanne Silk, NBCT

Western Technology CenterSayre, OK

Susanne Silk, NBCT

Western Technology CenterSayre, OK

Susanne Silk is a National Board Certified Teacher in Career and Technical Education (CTE), having renewed her certification in 2013.  She currently teaches Business Technology at Western Technology Center in Sayre, Oklahoma, and serves as the Business Professionals of America Advisor.  Silk was recognized as the Oklahoma Teacher of the Year in the Business Education Division, Oklahoma State Teacher of the Year for the Association of Career and Technical Education (OkACTE), Region IV Association of Career and Technical Education (ACTE) Teacher of the Year, and one of four finalists for the National ACTE Teacher of the Year. Silk was named Employee of the Year at Western Technology Center. Recently, Silk was inducted as an Honorary member of the National Technical Honor Society for her valuable contributions.

Silk has led Oklahoma National Board candidate support groups as a state trainer, coach, mentor, recruiter, and regional coordinator.  She also serves as co-chair of the Oklahoma National Board Network. Silk is passionate about moving the NB process forward as seen in her leadership roles:  Board of Directors for the National Board of Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS), Oklahoma State Farm Liaison for NBPTS, Oklahoma National Board Scholarship Selection Committee, NBPTS Assessor, Team Leader for NBCT Hill Day, and most recently Co-Chair for the Association of Career and Technical Education/National Board Partnership.

Silk is an active member of ACTE and OkACTE serving on numerous committees. Silk was instrumental in implementing the first Medical Assisting program in Oklahoma. Silk is a regular presenter at ACTE and OkACTE state conferences and New Teacher Academy.  Silk is a certified National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education Examiner, and a Certification Exams for Oklahoma Educators Content Reviewer.

Silk is a FISH! Philosophy presenter taking her motivational seminar to schools, civic clubs, universities, state conferences, and business and industry leaders. For the past ten years Silk has implemented an elementary after-school program for the Talented and Gifted students focusing on new technology. Silk gives credit to her National Board Certification as keeping her in the classroom and pushing her to be a teacher leader.

Lee-Ann Stephens

Lee-Ann Stephens

Teacher/High Achievement Program Advocate St. Louis Park School DistrictSt. Louis Park, Minnesota

Lee-Ann Stephens

Teacher/High Achievement Program Advocate St. Louis Park School DistrictSt. Louis Park, Minnesota

Dr. Lee-Ann Stephens, Minnesota Teacher of the Year 2006, has been an educator for 28 years with K-12 teaching and leadership experience. She currently serves as a teacher on special assignment with the St. Louis Park School District as a Racial Equity and Instructional Coach. She serves as a member of the Practitioner Advisory Group for the Center on Great Teachers and Leaders, Education Reimagined Advisory Board, and the National Council for the Advancement of Educator Ethics. She served on the Educators Rising Standards Committee. She is a teacher leader with the National Network of State Teachers of the Year. She holds a B.A. in International Studies, B.S. in Elementary Education, M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction and a Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership.

Terri Vest, NBCT

Terri Vest, NBCT

Twinfield Union SchoolHardwick, VT

Terri Vest, NBCT

Twinfield Union SchoolHardwick, VT

Terri R. Vest is a National Board Certified Teacher (Early Adolescence/English Language Arts), having achieved National Board Certification in 1999 and renewed in 2008. Vest is a former member of the Vermont Standards Board for Professional Educators, serving as chair of the Higher Education Subcommittee for four years and vice-chair for one year. She has provided NBPTS candidate support in a variety of ways over the past 10 years through teaching graduate classes, providing online support and participating in distance-learning opportunities for candidates. Vest was also the first Take One! mentor in Vermont.

As chair of Vermont NEA’s Teaching and Learning Steering Committee, she has been integral to creating an NBPTS Advisory Committee. In 2010, she was named the winner of the Angelo J. Dorta Teaching Excellence Award and became Vermont’s nominee for the NEA Award for Teaching Excellence. In her school, Vest is an advocate of student voice and promotes diversity. She created and taught the first black history course at Twinfield Union School and is currently designing a course about indigenous peoples of North America.

Randi Weingarten

Randi Weingarten

American Federation of TeachersNew York, NY

Randi Weingarten

American Federation of TeachersNew York, NY

Randi Weingarten is president of the more than 1.4-million-member American Federation of Teachers, which represents teachers; paraprofessionals and school-related personnel; higher education faculty and staff; nurses and other healthcare professionals; and local, state and federal employees. As an AFT vice president since 1997, she has been involved in every major AFT policy initiative of the last decade. Weingarten also served on the AFT executive committee and the democracy committee, and headed the professional compensation committee. She has acted as an emissary for the national AFT in Europe, the Middle East and Asia.

Weingarten has been president of the United Federation of Teachers, AFT Local 2, since 1998, representing 110,000 non-supervisory educators in the New York City public school system, as well as home child care providers and other workers in health, law and education.

Weingarten leads New York City’s Municipal Labor Committee (MLC), an umbrella organization for the city’s 100-plus public sector unions, including those representing higher education and other public service workers. As MLC chair for the past 10 years, she coordinates labor negotiations and bargains for benefits on behalf of the unions’ 365,000 members.

Weingarten holds degrees from Cornell University School of Industrial Relations and the Cardozo School of Law. Born in 1957 and raised in Rockland County, N.Y., Weingarten is currently a resident of Manhattan.