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California Support Groups

National Board for Professional Teaching Standards

If you are interested in becoming a candidate for national certification, you may want to find a network of other teachers to work with during your candidacy. Many National Board Certified teachers cite the important role of their colleagues during the portfolio process. National Board certification is designed to be collaborative: colleagues provide critical reflection, help build professional knowledge, and lend emotional and logistical support. The following are a variety of support groups available in California. Additionally, individual school districts offer local support groups. Subject Matter Projects External link opens in new window or tab. throughout California are also involved in providing support for National Board candidates.

California Professional Teaching Development Centers

Five Professional Teaching Development Centers (PTDCs) have been established to improve teaching quality in California by increasing the number of National Board Certified Teachers (NBCTs), especially in low-performing schools.

California State University, Fullerton
Tara Barnhart, NBCT

California State University, Northridge
Dr. Virginia Kennedy

National University
Rae Adams, NBCT

San Joaquin County Office of Education
Dr. Kathleen Gonsalves

University of California, Los Angeles, Center X
Carrie Usui

California Teacher Networks and Support Groups

To add an established candidate support network, e-mail Juliet Barbero at




American Federation of Teachers

Special loans are available


Central Valley National Board Support

Candidate recruitment and support for Tulare, Kings, and Fresno counties

Allison Kleinsteuber
559-622-3128 (work)
559-280-9572 (cell)
Corona-Norco USD
Candidate support program

Carry Tillery

California Teachers Association
Candidate Support Network & NBCT Engagement

CTA Staff, Stacy Begin, NBCT

Folsom-Cordova USD
General information Sara Prenzin

Kern COE

General information

Evelyn Feliciano

Long Beach USD
Candidate support program Elisa Hagen
562-997-8000 ext. 2900

Los Angeles COE

General information

David Zobler

Marin COE

General information

Raquel Rose

Mt. Diablo USD
General information Liane Cismowski, NBCT

Napa COE

Support meetings

Jan Sabo

National Board Resource Center at Stanford University External link opens in new window or tab.

Monthly Saturday support meetings for candidates and pre-candidates in the greater S.F. Bay Area. Registration is required. Optional continuing education units from Stanford available. Information session and jump start program.

Sandy Dean

General information
Information on Website

North County NBPTS Representative - San Diego County

Monthly Saturday meetings for candidates in the North San Diego and South Riverside County areas. No fee for program.

Joanna Murray


Orange County Department of Education

Candidate support program

Christina Grubbs

Leslee Milch

Palm Springs USD
Candidate support program

Bev Bricker
760-416-9293 (work)
760-902-3883 (cell)

Pomona USD
Candidate support program

Marlo Yep-Vaughan

San Bernardino COE

General information

Ron Williams

Sacramento COE

General information

Darby Williams

San Diego USD
General information

Julia Groff, NBCT

San Francisco Support Group

Monthly support meetings

Maggie Englesbe

San Joaquin COE

Regular support meetings held at the county office

Kathe Gonzalez

Santa Monica-Malibu USD
Candidate support program

Susan Samarge Powell
310-450-8338 ext. 346

Tehama COE

General information

Charles Allen

The Support Network in Los Angeles

Comprehensive programs for pre-candidates, first time candidates, retake candidates, and renewal candidates.

Michael de la Torre

Tracy USD
Offer a stipend and fee support

Susan Martin
209-830-3260 ext. 1301

University of California - Los Angeles (UCLA)

Offers one- and two-year programs that provide guidance through the certification process

Carrie Usui-Johnson, Director, UCLA NBPTS Projects

Bettye Scott

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