Arizona is home to nearly 1,600 National Board Certified Teachers — and that number includes two newly certified instructors in Lake Havasu City.

Lake Havasu City is celebrating the addition of Cathy Bagby and Kelsey Gibbs to its roster of teachers who’ve earned their National Board Certification.

Bagby is a teacher at Lake Havasu High School and Kelsey Gibbs is a teacher at Nautilus Elementary School. Additionally, teachers Christina Musselman, Devin Mann and Theresa Nigg renewed their certifications.

It brings the district’s total certified teachers to 24.

Administered by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, certification is a rigorous process that often takes teachers from three to five years to complete. According to Lake Havasu Unified School District, it requires that teachers demonstrate a deep understanding of their students, content knowledge, use of data and assessments, and teaching practices.

Lake Havasu Unified School District Personnel Director Jaime Festa-Daigle says the certification is an important indicator of the quality of education local schools have to offer.

Educators who have been teaching for at least three years are eligible to obtain the certification. The study program is an online endeavor through Northern Arizona University, paid for by the teacher. Once a certificate is earned, it must be renewed every five years to remain current.

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Sad that we pay our teachers so poorly. Americans do not put the priority on education. This is where China will move ahead of USA in most areas.


China and Japan ect has been ahead of the US on education for years. Their culture still believes in working for what you get and you get what you deserve......

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