Distinguished Educators & National Board Certification

Distinguished Educator Program

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

Download Distinguished Educator Program Application and Instructions

National Board Certified Teachers

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


Contact

Delette Lemon
Nat'l Board Certified Teacher
delette.lemon@minnetonkaschools.org

Sonja Labs
Nat'l Board Certified Teacher
sonja.labs@minnetonkaschools.org

Tim Alexander
Executive Director of Human Resources
tim.alexander@minnetonkaschools.org