This story originally appeared in the spring 2014 Harker Quarterly.
Congratulations to upper school biology teacher Mike Pistacchi, who recently received National Board Certification in teaching young adolescents and young adult science. This advanced teaching credential is awarded to teachers who demonstrate their ability and dedication to advancing the learning goals of their students. National Board Certified Teachers (NBCTs) are widely recognized for their ability to improve student learning and achievement. To receive this accreditation, Pistacchi spent nearly two years extensively documenting his teaching methods, which were then measured against the high standards of the National Board of Professional Teaching Standards. This process included closely examining student needs, recording videos of teaching sessions and submitting examples of student work that showed their growth in understanding the material and principles being taught in the classroom.