National Board Certification Support

National Board Certification allows teachers to demonstrate the highest level of accomplishment in their profession. It is a nationally accepted sign of quality and offers a nationwide standard for evaluating and encouraging quality teaching.

The State of Montana provides an annual stipend of up to $2,000 for teachers who achieve and maintain NBC. Several Montana districts provide additional stipends.

Becoming National Board Certified involves an extensive series of performance-based assessments that includes teaching portfolios, student work samples, video, and analyses of the teacher's classroom teaching and student learning.

The Montana Professional Teaching Foundation helps candidates navigate the National Board Certification process. Contact Marco Ferro to learn more: [email protected]

MFPE National Board Jump Start

Jump Start is a 3-day comprehensive training designed to provide National Board candidates with important information about the certification process, time to examine component and assessment requirements, the opportunity to plan how to meet requirements, and time to collaborate, gather resources and information.  The training is provided by MFPE's team of NBCT Facilitators.


Changes due to Covid-19 

As we are all keenly aware, face-to-face gatherings cannot be how we do business right now. Therefore, we are moving this summer’s Jump Start to an online format. We are working to ensure that sessions are still engaging, interactive and rigorous. We recognize that six or eight hour days on Zoom are not enjoyable ways to learn. For that reason, we are going to spread sessions out across several dates in order to make this process work. These sessions will be in lieu of the Billings and Missoula options. We highly recommend you attend these sessions live, as they are designed to be interactive; recordings will be made available if you need. In addition, we will offer office hours throughout the course so you can connect to ask follow-up questions.

Jump Start Dates: 

Dates and Time

Date & Time Topic
June 24, 2020; 8:30-11:30 AM Foundations 1
July 1, 2020; 8:30-11:30 AM Component 2
July 8, 2020; 8:30-11:30 AM Component 3
July 15, 2020; 8:30-11:30 AM Component 4
July 22, 2020; 8:30-11:30 AM Component 1
July 29, 2020; 8:30-11:30 AM Foundations 2
Date & Time Topic
June 29, 2020; 7:00-8:00 PM Foundations 1
July 6, 2020; 8:00-9:00 AM Component 2
July 13, 2020; 8:00-9:00 AM Component 3
July 20, 2020; 9:00-10:00 AM Component 4
July 27, 2020; 9:00-10:00 AM Component 1
August 3, 2020; 7:00-8:00 PM Foundations 2



MFPE member - $200

Non-Member - $500

Montana's National Board Certified Teachers

Montana has 165 National Board Certified Teachers.



Teachers not listed on map have retired or moved work assignments.

Ellen Craig             2021 Art/Early Adolescence through Young Adulthood
Alyson Dorr           2023 Adolescence and Young Adulthood English Language Arts
Jennifer Stone       2022 Early Adolescence/Young Adulthood-Art
Nicole Vradenburg 2023 Early/Middle Childhood-Literacy-Reading Language Arts
Elizabeth Hardin  2022 Exceptional Needs Specialist/Early Childhood through Young Adulthood
Kymn Van Dyken 2022 Mathematics/Adolescence and young Adulthood
Diane Olliffe           2027 Physical Education Early/Middle Childhood
Rodney Gottula     2020 English Language Arts Adolescence and Young Adulthood
Margaret Kimmet 2020 Library/Media
Ellen Sheehy         2020 Adolescence/Young Adulthood Social Studies
Dick Seitz               2020 Adolescence/Young Adulthood Mathematics
Curt Prchal            2020 Early Adolescence through Young Adulthood/Vocational Education
Steven Gardiner   2022 Adolescence/Young Adulthood English Language Arts
Rebecca Bruce      2022 Early Adolescence/Young Adulthood-Career Tech Ed

National Board Certification Webinars - 2020

Start your journey to becoming a National Board Certified Teacher by attending this informational webinar about the process. Montana NBCTs Kristie Gaines, Bozeman, and Nikki Vradenburg, Belgrade, will provide a brief overview of the NBC process including important dates about registration and details portfolio submission. There will be plenty of time for questions during and after the webinar. We will offer the information each month this spring to help you get on your way to becoming a National Board Certified Teacher in Montana!

Webinar dates and registration:   Sign up for notifications here!


February  | Click here to register

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April  | Click here to register

May| Click here to register

June | Click here to register

National Board Certification Webinar

Informational Video on NBC and NBC Webinars