Board of Directors

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 members biographies by using the links below. The National Board also honors the leadership of our former Board members.

Heather Anderson, NBCT

Reading and Math Intervention Teacher and Literacy Coach Bend, OR

LaTonya Barnes, NBCT

National Educational Consultant Montgomery, AL

Travis Bristol – Chair of the Board of Directors

Assistant Professor, University of California-Berkeley Berkelely, CA

Peggy Brookins, NBCT

President and CEO

James Brooks, NBCT

West Wilkes High School Millers Creek, NC

Sarah Brown Wessling, NBCT – Vice Chair of the Board of Directors

Johnston High School Johnston, Iowa

Elizabeth Brown-Davis, NBCT

Lockhart Elementary Magnet School Tampa, FL

Mary Cathryn Ricker, NBCT

Commissioner, Minnesota Department of Education St. Paul, Minnesota

Melissa Collins, NBCT

Elementary School Teacher Memphis, TN

Sharif El-Mekki

Founder and CEO of the Center for Black Educator Development Philadelphia, PA

Kelly Elder, NBCT

C.R. Anderson Middle School Helena, MT

Tan-A Hoffman, NBCT

JKL Bahweting Anishnabe School Michigan

Tonia Holmes-Sutton, NBCT

Public Education Foundation Las Vegas, NV

Mae Jemison

Founder, The Jemison Group, Inc. former NASA astronaut

Dat Le, NBCT

Arlington Public Schools Arlington, VA

Doug Lea, NBCT

Elementary Band Director Columbia, Maryland

Toni M. Poling, NBCT

English Teacher West Virginia

Renée Middleton

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

Shelly Moore Krajacic, NBCT

NEA Executive Committee Wisconsin

Kareem Neal

Special Education Teacher Phoenix, AZ

Gavin Payne

GPC Advisors, LLC Davis, CA

David Pickler

Pickler Wealth Advisors Collierville, TN

Becky Pringle

President, National Education Association Washington, DC

David Quolke

Cleveland Teachers Union Cleveland, Ohio

Shannon Rasmussen, NBCT

Mentor Washington

Rodrigo Rodriguez-Tovar, NBCT

Dual Language Instructional Coach Austin, TX

Juliana Urtubey, NBCT

Educator and Advocate Las Vegas, NV

Jose Vilson, NBCT

Educator, Writer, Speaker, and Activist New York City

Randi Weingarten

American Federation of Teachers New York, NY