Queen Creek High School Teacher Receives National Board Certification

Rachel Stangler holding NCBT flag next to other QCUSD representatives

The Queen Creek Unified School District (QCUSD) is committed to fostering excellence and supporting its personnel. Queen Creek High School's special education teacher, Rachel Stangler, recently earned her National Board Certification, the highest recognition for teachers. This certification, known as the "gold standard," reflects Stangler's deep love for learning.

According to Stangler, “National Board Certification is a deep reflection on your own teaching practices. It’s looking at data, at your practices, and looking for ways to improve.”

The National Board Certification process consists of four components including a case study, portfolio submission, video submission, and an exam that is specific to the teacher’s area of study. 

“My particular certification exam included questions about all the possible disabilities that are qualifying areas under special education,” says Stangler. This included, “everything related to speech, hearing impairments, visual impairments, and chromosomal impairments that people can have, so you have to have a broad study and research to prepare for the test.”

Stangler's achievement stands as a testament to QCUSD's unwavering dedication to ensuring the highest standards of education and support for both educators and students alike. Currently seven teachers in QCUSD hold National Board Certification with five more in the process of certification.

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