7 Maui County teachers complete national board certification program; honored at state Capitol

Seven teachers from Maui County are among the 56 public and charter school teachers in Hawaii who have earned and renewed their National Board for Professional Teaching Standards certification.

The Hawaii State Teachers Association and Kamehameha Schools hosted a ceremony to honor these educators Jan. 24 at the state Capitol Auditorium.

“We are proud of these teachers for their efforts to elevate their profession and provide enhanced learning opportunities for Hawaii’s students,” said state Department of Education Superintendent Christina Kishimoto. “Earning this certification is no easy task, and I commend them for taking on this additional workload and responsibility. Congratulations to these teachers, their families and schools on this remarkable accomplishment.”

Educators who earn their national board certification have demonstrated that they met the highest standards for teaching. They must be up-to-date with the latest strategies and best practices in education in order to earn and retain their certification.

The following Maui County teachers were honored: Jennifer Ainoa, Molokai Middle; Danielle Hartwick, Makawao Elementary; Qurratulay Joy, Makawao Elementary; Laurel Latimer, Makawao Elementary; Hannibal Starbuck, Baldwin High; Jennifer Valenzuela, Lahainaluna High; and Maile Viela, Waihee Elementary.