National Board for Professional Teaching Standards Announces New Members of Board of Directors

Date: December 4, 2023

ARLINGTON, VA. – The National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) has announced the election of two prominent educators to its Board of Directors, including accomplished educators from Colorado and Utah.

“I couldn’t be more excited to welcome our newly elected Board members to our team at the National Board. They bring a wide range of experience and insight and I’m confident that they will help us advance our mission towards bringing accomplished teaching to every student,” said Peggy Brookins, National Board Certified Teacher (NBCT), President and CEO of the National Board.

Joining the NBPTS Board of Directors are:

  • John Arthur, NBCT, 6th grade teacher in Salt Lake City Public Schools, 2021 Utah State Teacher of the Year
  • Mark Miller, NBCT, Math Teacher and Department Chair in Cheyenne Mountain School District #12 in Colorado, former Member of the National Assessment Governing Board and National Board’s Global Diversity and Inclusion Committee member.

These new directors were elected during the National Board’s November board meeting to join 27 other education and business professionals who serve three-year terms on the NBPTS Board — including Dr. Travis Bristol, associate professor of teacher education and education policy at the University of California, Berkeley’s School of Education, who serves as chair.  Most NBPTS board members are NBCTs, classroom teachers, and Teachers of Color.

“We know that National Board Certified Teachers have a measurable impact on student learning. To achieve our mission, the NBPTS Board of Directors and staff work tirelessly to increase the number of National Board Certified Teachers nationwide and to drive policy to help ensure that all students have the best possible teacher. I’m excited to welcome our new board members who join a board that has a great range of experience and serves as a powerful force to help the National Board elevate the teaching profession,” said Travis Bristol, Board Chair.

Members retiring from the Board of Directors are Elizabeth Brown-Davis, NBCT, teacher in Hillsborough County, Florida, and Doug Lea, NBCT, retired Band Director in Howard County, Maryland.  

Nationwide, more than 133,000 teachers have achieved National Board Certification, demonstrating that they have met the profession’s highest standards for accomplished practice. National Board Certification is available in 25 certificate areas, from Pre-K through 12th grade.

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About the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (

The founding mission of the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards is to advance the quality of teaching and learning by: maintaining high and rigorous standards for what accomplished teachers should know and be able to do; providing a national voluntary system certifying teachers who meet these standards, and advocating related education reforms to integrate National Board Certification in American education and to capitalize on the expertise of National Board Certified Teachers. Recognized as the “gold standard” in teacher certification, the National Board believes higher standards for teachers means better learning for students.