The gym at Riverview Elementary School in Wausau.
A Wausau School District teacher is one of 80 Wisconsin educators who earned 2012 certification through the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards.
James Bauman, a third-grade teacher at Riverview Elementary School, and the other teachers received congratulations from State Superintendent Tony Evers.
"For many educators, this is considered the highest national credential available," he said.
Bauman was among the 4,980 teachers nationwide who completed certification last year. To be certified, teachers are assessed on four portfolios entries that delve into teaching practice and six exercises that assess educators' knowledge of the content areas they teach. The assessments are reviewed by trained teachers in each certificate area to evaluate how well the educator has demonstrated advanced teaching knowledge, skills and practice. Certification is a voluntary process, and takes between one to three years to complete.
Wisconsin is among approximately two-thirds of states that provide salary incentives and cover some costs to achieve the advanced credential. State teachers can receive up to $2,000 for reimbursement of the costs of earning the certification, and nine annual stipends of $2,500 if they remain employed as educators.