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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’s Washington, D.C. office and is a Senior Researcher on staff.  Maria co-leads LPI’s Educator Quality team and is co-leading a forthcoming study on teacher preparation for deeper learning. She also represents the institute on several initiatives focused on teacher and leader preparation, development, and leadership.

Prior to taking her position at LPI, Maria 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, where her was focus was on preparing teacher candidates to identify and interrupt inequities in their classrooms.  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. Her research interests include: school structures and systems that support or hinder student achievement, best practices for preparing teachers to teach students of diverse backgrounds and experiences, and preparing equity-centered teacher educators.  Maria has shared her knowledge of teaching and professional development locally and internationally through various workshops, lectures and presentations including the International Council on Education for Teaching and the Guyana Improving Teacher Education Project.

Maria 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.

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 is a 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 thirteen 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. Previously, she served as the coordinator of the Montgomery Institute and Teaching Fellow for Montgomery County Education Association’s Center for Teacher Leadership, where she worked with teacher leaders across the country on collaborative problem solving to improve the quality of teaching and learning.  Follow Ambereen on Twitter @ambereenkb.

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 39 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.