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.



Jump Start Dates: 

Dates and Time

Date & Time
June 24 - 26, 2021 Billings
August 3 - 5, 2021 Missoula



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