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Ironwood Teacher Maria Fallon Earns National Certification

 IMAGE: Maria Fallon.

Congratulations! The National Board for Professional Teaching Standards announced that Nicole Cozad from Marana High School, Maria Fallon from Ironwood Elementary School, and Kendra Lewis from Twin Peaks K-8 School have received national certification

Ms. Cozad, an English teacher, received national certification in English Language Arts-Adolescence and Young Adulthood and has been with the Marana district since 1996.

Ms. Fallon has served within the District since 2013 and is a first grade teacher. She received certification in Early Childhood Generalist.

Ms. Lewis, a second grade teacher, received certification in Early Childhood Generalist and has been with the school district since 2005.

National Board Certification is an advanced teaching credential in which teachers have met the profession’s highest standards and have the knowledge and skills necessary to advance student learning. Similar to certification in fields like medicine, National Board Certification is a rigorous, peer-reviewed process that ensures that Board-certified teachers have proven skills to advance student achievement. To date, more than 110,000 teachers in all 50 states and the District of Columbia have achieved the profession’s gold standard for accomplished teaching, based on standards—created by teachers, for teachers—that define what teachers should know and be able to do to advance student learning.

“Attainment of National Board Certification is one of the most prestigious awards that a teacher can achieve,” said Dr. Carolyn Dumler, Marana school district Assistant Superintendent. “We are incredibly proud of our teachers and recognize the extensive amount of work involved in this rigorous multi-year process. The Marana district is fortunate to have the highest quality of dedicated and passionate educators.”