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5 ISTA members earn National Board Certification

The National Board for Professional Teaching Standards approved five ISTA members as first-time board-certified teachers and renewed certification for five ISTA members. National Board Certification is nationally recognized as the top teacher certification program.  

The newly certified teachers are:

  • Julia Beatty, New Albany, Middle Childhood Generalist certification
  • Jane Elgin, Evansville, Early Childhood Generalist certification
  • Melissa Fisher, Valparaiso, Early Adolescence Social Studies-History certification
  • Lisa Riley, Brownsburg, Middle Childhood Generalist certification
  • Patricia Walsh, Bloomington, Early Adolescence Math certification

The board-certified renewing teachers are:

  • Gina Boyd, Lafayette, Middle Childhood Generalist certification
  • Matt Carlson, Lafayette, Adolescent Young Adult Science certification
  • Carol Pierobon-Hofer, Indianapolis, Early Middle Childhood English as a New Language certification
  • Jennifer Labash, Goshen, Early Childhood Generalist certification
  • Barb McCarn, Tell City, Early Childhood Generalist certification 

National Board Certification is geared to improve student learning and teacher practices. As a professional certification, it signifies excellence in the field.  

Candidates work through a rigorous process including three portfolio entries and a computer-based assessment to demonstrate effectiveness, knowledge and skills to earn certification. Twenty-five areas of certification are offered spanning disciplines and developmental levels.

Congratulations to the new and renewing board-certified teachers!

To learn more about National Board Certification and how ISTA and the ISTA Foundation support candidates, visit