Certification Council

The Council

The Certification Council was established by the NBPTS Board of Directors to guide implementation and evaluation of National Board’s certification program. The Council evaluates, prepares and proposes policies to the Board of Directors regarding the certification program, focusing on standards and assessment development and revision.

Two of the seats on the Council are held by current members of the Board of Directors. At least one-third of the seats are held by National Board Certified Teachers (NBCTs). Appointments to the Certification Council are subject to approval by the Board of Directors.

Maria E. Hyler

Maria E. Hyler

Deputy Director/Senior Researcher Learning Policy Institute Washington, D.C.

Maria E. Hyler

Deputy Director/Senior Researcher Learning Policy Institute Washington, D.C.

Maria E. Hyler serves as the Deputy Director of the Learning Policy Institute (LPI)’s Washington, D.C. office. She co-leads LPI’s Educator Quality team and directs the Educator Preparation Laboratory (EdPrepLab), LPI’s center on teacher and leader preparation for deeper learning and equity.

Prior to taking her position at LPI, Hyler served as an Assistant Professor of Teacher Preparation and Professional Development in the Department of Teaching and Learning, Policy and Leadership at the University of Maryland, College Park. She began her career teaching 10th and 11th graders in Belmont, CA where she achieved National Board Certification in Adolescent Young Adult English Language Arts in 2000. That same year she left her classroom to pursue her doctoral studies.

Hyler received a Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction from Stanford University, an M.Ed. with a teaching credential from Harvard Graduate School of Education, and a dual degree in English and Africana Studies from Wellesley College.

Mark Ellis, NBCT

Mark Ellis, NBCT

Professor of Education California State University Fullerton, CA

Mark Ellis, NBCT

Professor of Education California State University Fullerton, CA

Mark Ellis is a National Board Certified Teacher in Early Adolescence/Mathematics and current Professor of Education at California State University, Fullerton. Prior to entering higher education, he taught mathematics in grades 6-12 in northern California public schools for six years. Mark earned his Ph.D. in Education from the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill with an emphasis on mathematics teacher education. He achieved National Board Certification in 1999. One of Mark Ellis’ earliest grants were from the National Board which helped create the Professional Teaching Development Center at CSU Fullerton (now called the Center for Maximizing Teacher Impact) offering candidate scholarships and support. Upon the completion of the grant, candidate support efforts sustained through local funding. He recently served as co-chair of the Standards Development Handbook Revisions Committee for National Board. Mark Ellis served as an elected member of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) Board of Directors, and he was named Distinguished Faculty for the CSU Fullerton College of Education in 2018.

Ambereen Khan-Baker, NBCT

Ambereen Khan-Baker, NBCT

Senior Policy/Program Specialist National Education Association Washington, DC

Ambereen Khan-Baker, NBCT

Senior Policy/Program Specialist National Education Association Washington, DC

Ambereen Khan-Baker, NBCT: Ambereen Khan-Baker is a renewed National Board Certified Teacher in AYA/ELA and has a Bachelors Degree in Secondary Education and Literature from American University and a Masters Degree in Writing from Johns Hopkins University.  With fourteen years of classroom experience as an English teacher, Ambereen serves as a Senior Policy/Program Specialist in the Teacher Quality department at the National Education Association, supporting affiliates with candidate support for National Board candidates, micro-credentials,  and professional supports for early career educators.

Suzanne Lane

Suzanne Lane

Professor of Research Methodology School of Education, University of Pittsburgh Pittsburgh, PA

Suzanne Lane

Professor of Research Methodology School of Education, University of Pittsburgh Pittsburgh, PA

Suzanne Lane is a Professor of Research Methodology in the School of Education at the University of Pittsburgh.  Her scholarly interests are in educational measurement and testing, with a focus on design, technical, validity and policy issues in large-scale testing, including performance-based assessments. She has published in the Journal of Educational Measurement, Applied Measurement in Education, Educational Assessment, and Educational Measurement: Issues and Practice.  She is a co-editor of the Handbook of Test Development, 2nd edition. She was the President of NCME (2003-2004), Vice President of Division D-AERA (2000-2002), member of the Joint Committee for revising the Standards for Educational and Psychological Testing (1993-1999). Suzanne served on the Editorial Boards for the Journal of Educational Measurement, Applied Measurement in Education, Educational Assessment, Educational Researcher, and Educational Measurement: Issues and Practice. She sat on technical advisory boards for ETS, The College Board, PARCC, NCSC Alternate Assessment Consortium, AICPA, ABIM, PSI, NBPTS, and state assessment and accountability systems. Suzanne has served as a member of the Technical Advisory Group (TAG) for NBTS since 2014.

Dat Le, NBCT

Dat Le, NBCT

Council Co-Chair Science Supervisor Arlington Public Schools Arlington, VA

Dat Le, NBCT

Council Co-Chair Science Supervisor Arlington Public Schools Arlington, VA

As Science Supervisor for Arlington Public Schools, Dat Le oversees the science program for a school division with over 27,000 students. Prior to this position, Dat taught middle and high school science.  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. In 2015, Dat served on the committee responsible for updating What Teachers Should Know and Be Able to Do, second edition. Most recently, Dat served on the standards committee that created the Educators Rising Standards, 2016 edition.

Dat has been an adjunct professor at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University and George Mason University, where he taught courses in educational statistics, research design and methodology.  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 also a National Board Certified Teacher.

Renée Middleton

Renée Middleton

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

Renée Middleton

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

Renée A. Middleton, dean of The Gladys W. and David H. Patton College of Education at Ohio University, serves on the board of directors of the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, a nonprofit organization dedicated to elevating the voice of accomplished teachers in shaping a true profession and raising student achievement. She is Former Board Chair (2017-18) of the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE) Board of Directors. Dr. Middleton is the 2017 recipient of the Edward C. Pomeroy Award for Outstanding Contributions to Teacher Education. 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 and a minor in Rehabilitation Counseling and Education.

Dean Middleton is a distinguished educator with a strong commitment to transforming teaching and learning in our schools. She has spent her career ensuring equity and excellence in education (P-20) and is a tireless advocate for ensuring that every student in America has the chance to learn and grow under teachers whose knowledge and skills have been verified through a peer-reviewed, performance-based process. The Dean has over 30 years of experience with consulting, working with issues like public school strategic planning for 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.

Jerry O’Brien, NBCT

Jerry O’Brien, NBCT

Teacher Council Rock School District Southampton, PA

Jerry O’Brien, NBCT

Teacher Council Rock School District Southampton, PA

Jerry O’Brien is a National Board Certified Teacher, Early Childhood Generalist, from the Council Rock School District in Churchville, Pennsylvania. He currently teaches second grade with 41 years of educational experience in grades one through four. He has been an assistant principal, staff development trainer, and was on the core team and later team leader for the opening of two schools in his district. He served on numerous district committees over the years including math benchmarking, report card development, and the piloting and in-servicing of various curriculum programs. He has been a member of the county’s Induction Program panel for more than 20 years. In 1998, Jerry first became involved with the with National Board scoring process, serving as a scorer, validator, and trainer in multiple areas for the Early Childhood Generalist certificate. As an original trainer for the Generalist certificates, Jerry became involved in the renewal process at the very beginning of the pilot and later earned a leadership role as the content specialist. In addition to the variety of roles he has had during the recent National Board Certification assessment redesign, Jerry was a member of the Early Childhood Generalist Standards Committee for the third edition.

Rodrigo Rodriguez-Tovar, NBCT

Rodrigo Rodriguez-Tovar, NBCT

Bilingual Literacy Coach Austin Independent School District Austin, TX

Rodrigo Rodriguez-Tovar, NBCT

Bilingual Literacy Coach Austin Independent School District Austin, TX

Rodrigo Rodríguez-Tovar is a Bilingual Literacy Coach for the Austin Independent School District. He holds a master’s degree in education with an emphasis in Teaching and Learning styles from the Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education (ITESM) and earned National Board Certification as a Middle Childhood/Generalist. Mr. Rodríguez-Tovar possesses his teaching certificate from the state of Texas with endorsements in Bilingual (Spanish), General, and Gifted Education. He is an advocate for Great Public Schools and serves as a facilitator/mentor for educators who are perusing their National Board Certification. As a former National Board Fellow, he is committed to sharing valuable competencies with other educators to strengthen and improve the teaching profession with the goal of providing students with high-quality instruction by an accomplished teacher, in order to ensure that students thrive and are able to fulfill their promise. Mr. Rodríguez- Tovar has served as a facilitator for the National Board Candidacy Program. He has been a National Trainer/Cadre-Presenter for the National Education Association, with the English Learners (ELs) covering many topics, i.e., Advocacy for English Language Learners, Assessments for ELs, Standards- Based Instruction and Lesson Development for ELs, Second Language Acquisition, and Issues of Equity and Culture.

Saroja Warner, NBCT

Saroja Warner, NBCT

Senior State Technical Assistance Director WestEd Washington, DC

Saroja Warner, NBCT

Senior State Technical Assistance Director WestEd Washington, DC

Saroja Warner is a Senior State Technical Assistance Director at WestEd and co-director of the federally funded Region 2 Comprehensive Center serving Connecticut, New York and Rhode Island. In her roles she and provides leadership for WestEd’s technical assistance and policy work with state education agencies to develop and successfully implement education policy and practices to support equitable and positive learning outcomes for all learners and provides research and technical assistance services that amplify state capacity to use effective and evidence-based practices. She is a leading expert on the research and evidence base related to educator preparation, diversity, inclusion and effectiveness, assessment and accountability, school and district improvement and college and career readiness. Prior to joining the WestEd team she was the Director of Teacher Workforce Initiatives at the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO). There she led several national initiatives including the Network for Transforming Educator Preparation (NTEP) and launched the Diverse and Learner-Ready Teachers Initiative (DLRT). Prior to that she served as the Chief for Educator Preparation Program Approval at the Maryland State Department of Education and as Senior Director for Performance, Measurement and Research at the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE). Warner started her career as a high school teacher, earning her National Board Certification in Social Studies-History/Adolescence and Young Adulthood in 2004 and renewing that certification in 2014. She has also served as faculty in the graduate teacher preparation program at the University of Maryland, College Park since 2008 and continues to teach there in the very program that prepared her to be a teacher, and where she earned her doctorate, to support the development of tomorrow’s culturally responsive teachers.