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Two MPS educators named National Board Certified Teachers

Two MPS teachers have been named National Board Certified Teachers by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards.

Ronald Wilson Reagan College Preparatory High School teacher Ms. Stacy Knetter received National Board Certification in Adolescence and Young Adulthood – Science and Riverside University High School (RUHS) teacher Mr. Matthew Turner received National Board Certification in Adolescence and Young Adulthood – Social Studies/History.

National Board Certification is the most respected professional certification available in education and provides numerous benefits to teachers, students and schools. Certification consists of four components: written assessment of content knowledge, reflection on student work samples, video and analysis of teaching practice, and documented impact and accomplishments as a teaching professional.

Stacy Knetter“Stacy Knetter has continued to grow professionally throughout her career, adapting to meet the needs of our students and infusing them with a solid understanding of biology,” said Reagan principal Mike Roemer. “She models valuable behaviors to our students such as goal setting, tenacity, and a commitment to learning. We are very proud to have her as a part of our team of IB educators here at Reagan High School.”

Ms. Knetter has taught at Reagan for nearly a decade as an International Baccalaureate (IB) biology teacher.  She also coordinates the school’s GEDO2 program. Ms. Knetter began a Ph.D. program in administration at Capella University last fall.

Matthew Turner“We are very proud of Mr. Turner for joining five Riverside colleagues as a Nationally Board Certified Teacher," said RUHS principal Michael Harris. "He is deeply rooted in the Riverside University High School community. Mr. Turner is an amazing educator, baseball coach, mentor, videographer and musician who works with all students in all capacities.” 

Mr. Turner began his career at Riverside University High School in 2005, teaching World Studies, Advanced Placement Microeconomics and Macroeconomics and Advanced Placement American Government.  He currently serves as the head coach of the varsity baseball team.

Statewide, 972 teachers in Wisconsin’s schools are certified by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards. Ms. Knetter and Mr. Turner are just two of just 37 teachers in the state to earn this credential in 2015.

Photos: Ms. Knetter received National Board Certification in Adolescence and Young Adulthood – Science (top-right); Mr. Turner received National Board Certification in Adolescence and Young Adulthood – Social Studies/History (bottom-left).

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