Congratulations to the NJ NBCT Class of 2013!

We would like to congratulate the 2013 new NBCTs and renewals.We commend you for taking the time to complete such an arduous yet rewarding journey. They are: 

  • Janet Bustrin, NBCT, South Orange Maplewood, English Language Arts/Adolescence and Young Adulthood
  • Phyllis Cipriani, NBCT, Mathematics/Adolescence and Young Adulthood
  • Christa Cordes, NBCT, Newark Public School District, English Language Arts/Adolescence and Young Adulthood
  • Elizabeth Frascella, NBCT, South Orange Maplewood, Literacy: Reading-Language Arts/Early and Middle Childhood
  • Desiree Jones, NBCT, Newark Public School District, Science/Early Adolescence
  • Gianna Pasceri, NBCT, Orange Township School District, Literacy: Reading-Language Arts/Early and Middle Childhood
  • Kristine Templeton, NBCT, New Brunswick School District, Art/Early Adolescence through Young Adulthood
  • Suzanne Vine, NBCT, South Orange Maplewood, Literacy: Reading-Language Arts/Early and Middle Childhood
  • Sandra Washington-Gayles, NBCT, Newark Public School District, Generalist/Early Childhood
  • David Yastremski, NBCT, Bernards Township, English Language Arts/Adolescence and Young Adulthood
  • Jennifer Yulo, NBCT, Montgomery Township, Generalist/Middle Childhood
  • Lynn Audet, NBCT, Perth Amboy School District, Generalist/Early Childhood
  • Marie Dilatush, NBCT, Hanover Township, English Language Arts/Early Adolescence
  • Elisabete Mazzeo, NBCT, Perth Amboy School District, English as a New Language/Early and Middle Childhood
  • Rebecca McLelland-Crawley, NBCT, West Windsor-Plainsboro, Science/Adolescence and Young Adulthood
  • Felicya Morreale, NBCT, Central Regional School District, Mathematics/Adolescence and Young Adulthood

NBPTS revises certification process to meet needs of today's teachers

From Andrea Hajek at NBPTS (if you are an NBCT, you have received this via email): 

I write to you today to share exciting news of a formal announcement the National Board made this morning. For the first time since 2001, we are revising our certification process. Of course, much has changed and much has been learned in the last decade, so it’s prudent to reexamine the current assessment to assure it incorporates the latest research on effective teaching. You’ll see that we are exploring additions to the process that should make it stronger while also changing other parts which have nothing to do with whether a person is an accomplished practitioner but which teachers tell us are obstacles.

Every true profession develops and maintains its own standards of accomplished practice.   Those standards must be high, current, and determined by the profession.  Most of all they must result in the best possible results for our students, and that’s what is driving this revision process.

Please click here for a link to our press release from this morning and an accompanying video. I hope you will not hesitate to contact me with any questions or thoughts you may have.  I look forward to working with you in the months and years ahead to help education realize its historic promise.

You can find more information about the changes to the process here or here.


Scholarships for NJ NBCT candidates

There are a few National Board Scholarships available to candidates in New Jersey. Information is provided below.

  • GlaxoSmithKline Endowed: Available to first time candidates in the Science certificate areas. Up to $750 awarded to those who have not received a GlaxoSmithKline scholarship in the past.

  • Liberty Mutual: Available to first time candidates in all certificate areas who teach in a public school. The candidate must have previously complete Take One!. Up to $750 awarded to those who have not received a Liberty Mutual scholarship in the past. 

  • The Coca Cola Foundation: Available to first time candidates in all certificate areas. Up to $750 awarded to those who have not received a Coca Cola Foundation scholarship in the past. 

  • JP Morgan Chase: Available to first time candidates who teach in a public school with a free and reduced lunch rate of greater than 50%. Up to $750 awarded to those who have not received a JP Morgan Chase scholarship in the past.

In order for a first-time candidate to be eligible to receive a scholarship, he/she must have an active application on file, must have paid the nonrefundable $500 and must submit the scholarship application. 

Once a candidate has an active application on file, he/she can access the link to the scholarship from the bottom of their “Fees & Payments” page.

If you have questions, please contact the NBPTS customer support team at 1-800-22TEACH.



Materials from Summer Refresher!

Thank you to everyone who attended our inaugural summer refresher! We were so pleased with the level of discussion, and we look forward to more events like this in the future.

Below you can find some of the materials and resources from the event. 




NJ S1859

For several years now, NJ NBCT Jessica Hawk Ippolito has been communicating with Senator Jeff Van Drew about NJ Bill S1859, which would provide an annual stipend of $1,000 to all NJ NBCTs. The Bill was introduced in the Senate in May, 2012. 

Check this link periodically to see if there have been any changes to this bill. 

Jessica was kind enough to share the text of the letter she wrote to NJ senators. Feel free to use this as a basis for a letter of your own! 

Thank you, Jessica, for your dedication to this cause, and for sharing your letter!


I am writing about bill S1859, which was introduced on May 3, 2012. This bill calls for an annual salary supplement for teachers earning National Board Certification from the National Board of Professional Teaching Standards. I am very interested in this legislation, since I am eagerly anticipating my NBPTS renewal process in 2013. I have been writing to Senator Jeff VanDrew about this issue for the past seven years and have appreciated his continued interest in this legislation.

According to the statistics from, this legislation is desperately needed in the state of New Jersey.  During the 2010-11 school year, 6,266 teachers across the nation earned National Board Certification. Of that number, only 12 were from our state. The data for 2009-10 indicate that only 12 of the 8,651 newly Board Certified teachers were from New Jersey. As a National Board Certified teacher who has professionally benefited from certification, I know that number is far too low for a state of our size.

When teachers ask me about certification, I tell them, enthusiastically, about the benefits of the process and how it was the most useful professional development training of my career. However, from a practical standpoint, it has been tough to convince other teachers to pursue certification since they cannot justify taking hours and days away from their families without the hope of some kind of monetary compensation. A state-mandated stipend could be the justification they need.

 In his February 9th  letter to all Chief School Administrators, Christopher Cerf, the Acting Commissioner, stressed the importance of school performance and his commitment to school support. As outlined on page two, Cerf states, “The Department will also develop financial bonuses for Reward Schools as well as opportunities to share their best practices across the state.” The National Board for Professional Teaching Standards is similarly dedicated to improving student achievement through teacher preparation. Research on National Board Certification has indicated attainment of that goal. Please visit and click “Research” for more information.

I am truly grateful for your interest in this issue and hopefully, when enacted, a bill will be the catalyst that encourages more of New Jersey’s teachers to achieve National Board Certification. Thank you for your time and attention to this matter.