LAPS Foundation Celebrates Teacher Achievements

Front row from left, Joline Keeler and Katie Tauxe. Back row from left, Maria Thibodeau, Janet Newton, Stephanie Mitchell, Jeff Lloyd, Tammy Moore and Michelle Carrara. Not pictured are Audrey Juliani, Lana Martin and Margaret Ritchie. Courtesy photo


The Los Alamos Public School Foundation recently recognized 13 teachers from within the Los Alamos Public Schools for having completed either National Board Certification or New Mexico Teaching Licensure advancement.

“Going through the process for National Board certification was very difficult, but also gratifying. Achieving certification was a confirmation that I am a skilled and effective teacher,” said Joline Keeler, fourth grade teacher at Barranca Elementary School. “The process requires a significant amount of reflection on practice and student learning. As a result, I have become much more intentional in the actions I take to help students learn and grow.”

National Board Certification:

Michelle Carrara, Audrey Juliani, Joline Keeler, Lana Martin, Stephanie Mitchell, Tammy Moore, Janet Newton, Margaret Ritchie, Katie Tauxe and Maria Thibodeau.

New Mexico Teaching Licensure Advancement:

Level II: Jeff Lloyd and Britt Williams

Level III: Pat Roberts

Each teacher received a monetary stipend from the LAPS Foundation as an acknowledgement of the months of effort that go into completing the National Board Certification or dossier process.

“The National Board Certification process has improved my teaching by encouraging me to try new types of activities with the goal of improving student learning,” said Stephanie Mitchell, Los Alamos High School Honors and AP Biology teacher, and Science Department Chair. “Since the focus of the process is student learning and self reflection, I am continuously working to become a better teacher.”

Donations can be made to the LAPS Foundation at the Foundation’s website or by mailing a check 1900 Diamond Dr., Suite 1, Los Alamos, NM, 87544.

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