L.A. Unified Leads Nation in Teachers Earning Top Certification

LOS ANGELES (Jan. 22, 2015) - The Los Angeles Unified School District said that 128 teachers this year earned the profession’s highest credential, more than any school district in the nation for the second consecutive year.

While teachers must receive state licenses as educators, completing the National Board Certification shows they have gone much further.

The credential awarded by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards typically takes up to two years to complete. School districts nationwide value those who pass the training, with certificates in 25 categories available for teachers from Pre-K through 12th grade.

“I’m very proud of the dedicated teachers we have and their commitment to demonstrate their expertise and to push themselves to a higher level,” said Peggy Taylor Presley, who directs the Teacher Support Unit for L.A. Unified.

The newly-certified teachers were honored in December at a District event. Several members of the Los Angeles Board of Education attended, along with Ruth Perez, deputy superintendent of Instruction. State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson congratulated the teachers by appearing in a video shown at the event.

Members of this year's class can be found in the attachment below. Overall, about 1,600 classroom teachers in the District have earned this professional distinction since1998, when the program began.

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Contact: Peggy Taylor Presley (213) 241-5495