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2 WHS Teachers Achieve National Board Certification

January 17, 2018

By Kelli Gile, WVUSD Office of Community Resources

WALNUT, CA--Walnut High English teachers Kellee Lyons and Jennifer Maletz have earned the profession’s highest mark of achievement, as official National Board Certified Teachers (NBCT).

The dynamic duo completed all four certification components between January and May of last year, a process that can take up to three years to complete.

“We both agree that it was harder than our respective Master’s degrees and I am really proud of our accomplishment!” said Maletz, an educator with 15 years of experience.

Only 3% of the nation’s teachers successfully pass the rigorous, performance-based, peer-review program, demonstrating their proven impact on student learning and achievement. 

A total of seven Walnut Valley educators currently hold the top accomplishment, including Jeanette Koh – District Office, Dena Lordi – Diamond Bar High, Paul McLaughlin – Walnut High, Helen Papadopoulos – Suzanne Middle School, and Mona Warren – Evergreen Elementary.

A total of 5,470 new NBCTs were announced this month, joining the growing community of more than 118,000 educators across all 50 states.


It’s a big deal! Walnut High teachers Kellee Lyons and Jennifer Maletz achieve National Board Certification.