About Us

Arizona’s National Board Certified Teachers are dedicated to advancing the profession and student learning through the promotion of accomplished teaching. The Arizona NBCT Network is governed by a ten-member Board of Directors.

About Us

Mission & Vision

Advancing the profession for our students

Anchored in the belief that all students can learn and that they are endowed with the inalienable right to reach their highest potential, Arizona’s National Board Certified Teachers are dedicated to making a great education accessible to all students, through the advancement of the profession.

How we’re improving Arizona’s educational leadership

Our goal is to provide opportunities for Arizona’s National Board Certified Teachers to exchange ideas, participate in opportunities, and to challenge each other to improve educational leadership throughout the state by:

  • Staying informed
  • Providing support
  • Promoting and bringing awareness around the National Board Certification process
  • Working together to make National Board Certification an essential part of every teacher’s career trajectory

Leadership

The Arizona NBCT Network elects its officers and board members annually. Learn more about the 2017-2018 officers.

Beth Maloney, President

Beth Maloney is in her seventeenth year of teaching and enjoys every minute of her time in the classroom. She is currently teaching fifth grade. Beth is a National Board Certified Teacher, the president and co-founder of the Arizona National Board Certified Teachers Network and a Candidate Support Provider for the Arizona K12 Center, where she coaches and mentors other teachers undergoing the rigorous National Board certification. She is a member of the Arizona TeacherSolutions® Team and a Lead Teacher Champion Fellow through the Collaborative for Student Success. She is a blogger for the Stories From School Arizona site. Beth is honored to be Arizona’s 2014 Teacher of the Year. Beth has a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and Master’s degree in Educational Leadership and Supervision. She was awarded an honorary doctorate in humane letters and is currently pursuing her doctoral degree.

Beth loves talking with and learning from other teachers around the world. She strongly believes that teacher voice in the public education dialogue is the best way to make a change for the better for all students. Beth’s blog is BethMaloneyDaringToTeach.wordpress.com and focuses on education-related topics. She can also be found on Facebook at Beth Maloney and on Twitter @DaringToTeach.

Misha Freeman, Past-President

Misha Freeman is a Professional Development Coordinator for the Avondale Elementary School District. She carries her National Board Certification in Early Adolescent Mathematics and is Arizona Master Teacher. In 2007, Misha received a M.Ed. in Educational Administration with an Emphasis in School Leadership from Grand Canyon University, and in 2010 received her M.Ed. in Secondary Education. In 2012, she became the Christa McAuliffe, “I teach, I touch the future” recipient, and in 2013 she was named the California Casualties Teacher of Excellence for Arizona.

Jen Robinson, Secretary

Jen Robinson is a Principal at Maricopa Elementary School in the Maricopa Unified School District. She carries her National Board Certification in Early Childhood Generalist. In 2011, Jen received a E.Ed. in Leadership and Innovation from Mary Lou Fulton Teacher’s College at Arizona State University. Her dissertation research focused on supporting National Board candidates through their certification process. During the 2012-2013 school year she completed her National Board renewal process alongside her teachers. She is a blogger for the Stories From School Arizona site bringing the perspective of a school administrator into the conversation around teaching and learning.

Your Network Board Members

In addition to the officers, there are eight regional representatives and two members from the Arizona K12 Center that comprise the remaining seats on the Board of Directors. Learn more about the 2017-2018 regional representatives.

Greg Broberg

Greg Broberg has been an educator for over 11 years. He has 4th, 5th and 6th grades in the Kyrene School District. Greg achieved his National Board Certification in 2011. Additionally, he finished his Ph.D. at Arizona State University in 2015. As a lifelong learner, he shares his passion of education in his actions. Students often ask him what he teaches and he tells them, “Everything!”. Much of his teaching philosophy encompasses the theme of equity. Whether it is curriculum, assessment or classroom pedagogy; issues of equity are always in the forefront of his planning and instruction. More specifically, he sees three elements as critical to establishing an equitable environment for students: (1) acting as a guide for students, (2) allowing the natural curiosity or passion of students to directly guide their learning, and (3) promoting respect. Each of these elements are included in his curriculum planning, classroom instruction and interactions with students. He is pleased to be part of the Arizona NBCT Board of Directors and hopes to be a catalyst for change for ALL teachers.

Danielle Brown

Before joining the AZK12 Center as a Professional Learning Director, Danielle taught kindergarten for 7 years in the Fort Huachuca Accomodation School District and spent one year teaching arts integration for the district. She served on her district’s instructional leadership team, and she was also her local association’s president. She achieved National Board Certification in the area of Early Childhood Generalist in 2014. Danielle has been recognized as an ASCD Emerging Leader, advocates for high standards as a Core Advocate and is a Hope Street Group National Fellow.

Danielle believes in the power of teacher leadership and efficacy and looks forward to engaging educators on these topics, to enact a greater impact in the state of Arizona. You can connect with Danielle on Twitter @TeachDB17.

Angela Buzan

Angela Buzan is the Regional Representative for Northern Arizona, which collectively includes the most diverse educational opportunities in the state: public schools, charter schools, boarding schools, traditional and tribal schools (BIE), continuation schools, and parochial schools. Buzan has eleven years’ teaching experience and has taught all grades seven through twelve. She achieved National Board Certification in 2012 (ELA/AYA). In 2017 she was awarded Ambassador of Excellence in the annual Coconino Teacher of the Year program.

Angelia Ebner

Angelia recently completed her twelfth year in education and has joined the Arizona K12 Center as a Professional Learning Director. Angelia loved her time in the classroom and is proud to be serving teachers and students in her new role. She has taught kindergarten, through fifth grade and multigrade classes. She is a National Board Certified Teacher, an Arizona Master Teacher, Former Vice President of the Maricopa Education Association, and an Arizona Ambassador for Excellence. Angelia’s goal is to inspire lifelong learning in students, facilitate leadership and efficacy among her peers, and be an advocate for excellence in education.

Susan Leonard

Susan Leonard has taught Health and Physical Education in the Scottsdale Unified School District since 2003. She earned a BA in Physical Education and History from Doane College, a Masters in Physical Education from the University of Nebraska, and initiated doctoral work at the University of Iowa in the area of Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis in Child Development and Counseling. Susan was recognized as a 2007-08 Arizona Middle Level Teacher of the Year. In 2012, she was chosen as Arizona Middle School Physical Education Teacher of the Year, and served as the 2014-15 President of Arizona Health and Physical Education. Susan achieved National Board Certification in 2013.

Susan is probably best known for her child advocacy work empowering students with cross-curricular opportunities. She was part of a SHAPE America National Task Force to rewrite National Standards into kid-friendly language published in 2016 and her students have been chosen to present at the previous five Arizona Health and Physical Education State Conventions.

Becky McComish

Becky McComish is currently a middle school Language Arts teacher in the Vail Unified School District. Throughout her 15 year career, she has taught multiple grades in both Vail, and in Sierra Vista. She grew up in Sierra Vista, and was blessed to teach 12 years at the school she attended as an elementary student. Becky graduated from Northern Arizona University in 1999 with a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education. She also holds a masters of Education in Reading and Literacy from Walden University. Becky became a National Board Certified Teacher in Literacy: Reading Language Arts in 2009. Becky is very passionate about teaching and feels that she is a lifelong classroom teacher. She enjoys researching new teaching ideas and discussing education with other teachers. In her spare time, Becky enjoys reading, traveling, and spending time with her husband and three children in Tucson.

Patty Moriarty

Although born in South Dakota, Patty Moriarty grew up in northern Virginia and graduated from George Mason University with a bachelor’s degree in middle school education. Later, she earned a master’s degree in reading from the University of Virginia. With 30 years experience as a classroom teacher and reading specialist, she has taught elementary, middle, and high school students in rural Virginia and on the Navajo Reservation in northern Arizona. In 2011, Moriarty achieved National Board Certification in literacy and is currently a candidate support provider in the Window Rock Unified School District. She is an active member of her local association and is working to promote teacher efficacy and teacher leadership. Moriarty is grateful for her 25 years of teaching Navajo children and is dedicated to providing positive learning and school experiences for her students and their families.

Christie Olsen

Christie is a K-6 Academic/Instructional Coach in the Lake Havasu Unified School District with 25 years of teaching experience. She has taught grades 4-6 and has served as a teacher on assignment in charge of professional development in her district. Christie is an Arizona Master Teacher and a Middle Childhood Generalist National Board Certified Teacher. Christie currently serves as a Master Teacher supporting the newest members of our profession.

Christie holds a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from the University of Wyoming, a Master’s degree in Elementary Education from Grand Canyon University, and a Master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Phoenix.

Christie is married to Larry Olsen, a high school math teacher. Together they have two grown daughters, Kayla and Kaycee. Kayla attends the United States Naval Academy and Kaycee attends the Colorado School of Mines.

Robbie Ramirez

Robbie Ramirez has a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice with a minor in Sociology/Family Studies, a post-baccalaureate degree in Elementary Education and a master’s degree in Early Childhood Education. She has always loved school and learning because she is naturally inquisitive and loves to learn about the interconnectivity among systems.

Robbie has worked in the field of education for over 18 years. She taught first and second grade for 14 years prior to becoming a Teacher Mentor, Curriculum Facilitator, and Professional Development Academic Trainer. In her current role she supports, inspires and challenges new teachers and their principals. In addition, she supports accomplished teachers throughout their journey toward National Board of Professional Teaching Standards certification. She has found supporting our newest teachers as well as experienced, highly effective teachers as an amazing way to stay grounded in the needs and challenges classroom teachers currently face.

While Robbie enjoys working with children of all ages her passion is early childhood development. She has continued to challenge herself professionally by earning her Arizona Master Teacher designation and National Board Certification in Early and Middle Childhood Literacy: Reading and Language Arts.