Pioneer Middle School Teacher Receives National Certification


Julie Parker is the newest National Board Certified teacher in Wenatchee School District. The  Pioneer Middle School Spanish and 6th grade Language Arts Teacher is one of 533 teachers nation-wide who earned their certification as part of the class of 2016. Julie’s certification brings the total number of active, National Board Certified teachers in the Wenatchee School District to 79.

“The National Board Certification process helped me become the best teacher I can possibly be for my students,” said Julie. “It taught me to reflect more deeply on my instructional practices and to focus more on student learning.”

“We are very excited to hear that Julie Parker has earned the distinction of becoming a National Board Certified teacher,” said Superintendent Brian Flones. “It takes a great deal of time and dedicated effort to meet the standards for certification. Earning this distinction is truly a testament to Julie’s commitment to her profession and her students.”

Julie came to Wenatchee School District in 2012 from California where she taught in a Dual Immersion classroom. A graduate of Wenatchee High School, she earned a B.A. degree in Spanish from the University of Washington, and her teaching credentials from California State University Fresno, CalState TEACH.

The National Board for Professional Teaching Standards is recognized as the “gold standard” in teacher certification. The National Board believes higher standards for teachers means better learning for students.

“Achieving certification was, without a doubt, one of the greatest accomplishments of my life,” said Julie. “We have exceptional staff in our school district and we congratulate Julie on this great accomplishment and joining the other National Certified Board teachers in our district,” said Superintendent Flones.


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Steve Hair
Steve Hair is a 40-year veteran broadcast journalist who comes to NCW LIFE TV after a long career in radio. Steve and his wife Lynette and their three sons moved to the Wenatchee Valley from Central California in 1992. Steve served as News Director for KPQ News where he covered a multitude of stories of importance to North Central Washington, including two of Washington State’s largest wildfires. During his radio career Steve has received many awards from organizations such as the Associated Press, (Sacramento and Seattle Bureaus) The Washington State Farm Bureau, and the California Medical Association. Steve is a sports addict. Time off usually finds him sprawled out on the couch watching the Seahawks, Mariners or anything that prevents him from doing house chores.