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 appoints its member-at-large annually. Learn more about the 2018-2019 officers.

Jen Robinson, President

Jen has served in many educational positions in both Arizona and New York. She has been a classroom teacher of pre-school and kindergarten, an elementary special education teacher, an instructional coach. She is beginning her seventh year as an elementary school principal in Maricopa Unified School District. She has been instrumental in developing the Leader in Me program at her school, in which scholars learn the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. Every scholar has the opportunity to become a leader. She is Nationally Board Certified as an Early Childhood Generalist. Supporting teacher leaders through the National Board certification process helps ground her in what is most important, teaching and learning. Jen holds a Master’s Degree in Exceptional Needs/Special Education from Buffalo State in New York and an Educational Doctorate in Teacher Leadership and Innovation from Arizona State University. Jen is actively involved in teacher leadership by blogging for Stories from School Arizona and serving on the Arizona K12 Center’s Teacher Solutions team since its inception.

Beth Maloney, Past-President

Beth Maloney is in her nineteenth 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, a 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 Media 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 a doctoral candidate. 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.

Becky McComish, President-Elect

Becky McComish is currently a middle school Language Arts teacher in the Vail Unified School District. Throughout her 16 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.

Susan Leonard, Secretary

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.

Greg Broberg, Member-at-Large

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.

Susan Collins, Member-at-Large

Susan Collins began her teaching career in 1991 in rural Mississippi. She holds a Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree in Music Education from Delta State University, Cleveland, MS. She served in 4 different communities in central and north Mississippi as a music educator, mostly elementary general music with one year as a middle school band director. She stepped out of working full time in the classroom for 9 years when her children were very young, but never left teaching. She set up an early childhood music studio and taught music for birth to age 5 (with an adult caregiver). Susan moved to Kingman in northwest rural Arizona in 2016 where I teach k-5 general music. In the fall of that year she achieved National Board Certification in Early and Middle Childhood Music. She has served as a 2017-18 Arizona Hope Street Group Teacher Fellow and a Candidate Support Provider for National Board Candidates. She is passionate about advocating for the needs of rural schools and ensuring that every student receives an excellent education provided by passionate and qualified educators

Donnie Dicus, Member-at-Large

Donnie Dicus completed his undergraduate work at the University of Arizona and received his master’s degree from Grand Canyon University. Before joining the Arizona K12 Center as a professional learning director in May 2017, he taught second grade in Tucson for eight years and third grade in Phoenix for four years. In 2012, he received his National Board Certificate as a middle childhood generalist. Donnie was named as a semi-finalist for Rodel’s Exemplary Teacher and a semi-finalist for Arizona’s 2017 Teacher of the Year. He has written blogs which have been published by Medium Daily Digest and Stories From School AZ.

Tara Dale, Member-at-Large

Tara Dale is entering her 12th year teaching. She currently teaches high school science classes (ecology, environmental science, and psychology) in the Gilbert Public School District. She earned her Bachelors of Science degrees in Psychology and Biology from Arizona State University after which she earned her Master’s in Secondary Education from University of Phoenix. Her National Board Certification is in general science for early adolescents. Tara acts as an instructional coach on her campus and is a current member of the Maricopa County Superintendent Teacher Advisory Team. She’s the co-director for the Arizona Teacher Partnership and regularly blogs for Education Week, Student Achievement Partners, and Educators for High Standards. In 2014, Tara was honored with the title of the Arizona Educational Foundation’s Arizona Teacher of the Year Ambassador for Excellence.

Michael Goto, Member-at-Large

Michael Goto is entering his 15th year as an Arizona educator. He has spent most of his career at the high school level as a Senior Government teacher and in 2013 certified in the area of Adolescent and Young Adults with an emphasis on Social Studies . Born and raised in Arizona he completed his Bachelor Degree in Secondary Education from Arizona State University and holds Masters Degrees from Grand Canyon University in Instructional Technology the other in Educational Administration. As a certified Google Educator and Microsoft in Education Expert, he enjoys researching and sharing best practices that incorporate innovative and collaborative strategies into today’s classrooms. Michael currently works as Associate Superintendent for Ombudsman Charter Schools, overseeing daily operations, recruitment, and innovative programs for seven high schools serving at risk youth and academically disengaged youth. In addition to daily teacher interactions, appreciates time spent working with potential National Board Candidates through the AzK12 Center as it exposes his own practice to new ways to engage today’s students. Highlight of each day is spending time with his four children and wife who currently teaches second grade. In down time tries to learn about what other educators are doing around the world via twitter. You can find and follow Michael at @SnDvlAz.

Maggie Mott, Member-at-Large

Maggie Mott is entering her 11th year teaching. She currently teaches high school science classes in the Glendale Union High school district. She earned her Bachelors in Environmental Biology and her Masters of Instruction from Saint Mary’s University of MN. Her National Board Certification is in general science for early adolescents.

 

Windy Mariscal, Member-at-Large

Windy has been in education for 15 years. Her expertise is in early literacy. She achieved National Board Certification in Literacy: Reading Language Arts in 2015. Her current role is as the K-3 Language Arts Content Specialist and Induction & Retention Specialist in her district. Windy has a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from the University of Alabama, Huntsville and a Master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Arizona State University. She was the Vice President of her local professional association in 2016 and currently coordinates National Board candidate support for teachers in her school district.

Christie Olsen, Member-at-Large

Christie Olsen has taught in the Lake Havasu Unified School District for 26 years. She has taught grades 4-6 and has served as a teacher on assignment in charge of professional development in her district. She is currently a K-6 Academic/Instructional Coach and serves beginning teachers in five elementary schools as an Arizona Master Teacher. Christie is a Middle Childhood Generalist National Board Certified Teacher. She supports National Board Candidates in her district. 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 a member of the Learning Forward Academy of 2019 and is studying a problem of practice related to a continuum of accomplished teaching.

Dayna Burke, Member-at-Large

Dayna is a First Grade Teacher for the Sahuarita Unified School District. She has a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Nebraska Wesleyan University, a post-baccalaureate degree in Elementary Education, a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership, and is a National Board Certified Teacher in Literacy: Reading and Language Arts. In 2014 she was named an Ambassador for Excellence in the Arizona Teacher of the Year Program. Dayna is in her eleventh-year teaching and has been fortunate to hold several leadership roles within and outside of her school district. She is a Professional Development Facilitator and frequently serves as an Instructional Coach, New Teacher Mentor, and Cooperating Teacher. She is a member of the Arizona K-12 Center’s Teacher Solutions Team, provides support for National Board Candidates, advocates for high academic standards as the Arizona Core Advocate Captain for Student Achievement Partners, and is a Teacher Champion Fellow for the Collaborative for Student Success. Dayna believes in the power of teacher collaboration and enjoys every opportunity to learn from and support one another.