Distinguished Educators & National Board Certification
Our Distinguished Educator Program provides outstanding veteran teachers an opportunity to develop innovative projects and enhance their instructional practices in alignment with the high expectations for the National Board of Professional Teaching Standards.
Minnetonka teachers interested in being candidates for the Distinguished Educator Program must be licensed teachers who have achieved tenure in the Minnetonka Public Schools, and have a minimum of five years of teaching experience, at least three of these years with Minnetonka.
This program is open to all members of the Minnetonka teacher unit, from early childhood through high school, and includes both classroom teachers and other specialists who work with children.
Candidates should be educators who have an exceptional performance record, and are viewed as strong educators by colleagues, students, parents, and administration. Candidates will participate in a rigorous three-year program that will give them opportunities to:
- Help already strong educators to conform to best practices and standards from the National Board of Professional Teaching Standards
- Participate in the national certification process or develop innovative projects that are aligned with the district’s strategic plan if an area of certification is not available for your area of expertise
- Complete a portfolio and/or components that provide educators the opportunity to self-study their teaching practices.
- Engage in meaningful cohort conversations about their craft
The National Board Certified Teacher program is a rigorous professional growth and evaluation program dedicated to identifying and recognizing highly accomplished teachers in America.
While state licensure sets minimum standards for novice teachers, the National Board Certification program sets high standards for excellence among experienced teachers. The extensive evaluation process requires a teacher to pass written exams, submit video examples of their class and their teaching, and present a portfolio of their work. The process often takes more than a year to complete.
Our district encourages experienced and highly qualified teachers to pursue this outstanding professional growth opportunity. We are proud to have 35 National Board Certified Teachers on staff, more than any neighboring school district.
|National Board Certified Teachers|
|Jeffrey Beckstrom, Minnetonka Middle School West|
|Nicole Berwanger, Minnetonka Middle School East|
|Tarah Cummings, Excelsior Elementary|
|Joy Curran, Minnewashta Elementary|
|Mike Cutshall, Minnetonka High School|
|Diane Daniels, Scenic Heights Elementary|
|Niki Danou, Groveland Elementary|
|Melanie Dewitt, Minnetonka Middle School West|
|Kim Folkers, Minnetonka Middle School East|
|Brent Frank, Groveland Elementary|
|Kim Hoehne, Minnetonka High School|
|Dawn Johnson, Clear Springs Elementary|
|Kelly Kautz, Minnetonka High School|
|Sonia Labs, Minnetonka High School|
|Kathryn Larson, Minnewashta Elementary|
|Delette Lemon, Clear Springs Elementary|
|Andy Lundheim, Clear Springs Elementary|
|Melanie Mozingo, Minnetonka High School|
|Julie Jo Nawrocki, Scenic Heights Elementary|
|Dawn Norton, Minnetonka High School|
|Kelly Pederson, Minnetonka High School|
|Katie Regenscheid, Minnewashta Elementary|
|Anelise Peterson, Groveland Elementary|
|Margaret Ruffino, Minnetonka Middle School West|
|Dr. Tim Sauer, Minnetonka High School|
|Heidi Schuchman, Minnewashta Elementary|
|Colleen Small, Groveland Elementary|
|Nicole Snedden, Clear Springs Elementary|
|Heather Stowman, Excelsior Elementary|
|David Surver, Minnetonka High School|
|Jenny VanAalsburg, Clear Springs Elementary|
|Nathan Van Dyke, Minnetonka High School|
|Gwynneth Wacker, Minnetonka High School|
|Kelli Whiteside, Deephaven Elementary|
|Merlin Zimmerman, Minnetonka High School|