Simpson University graduate earns national teaching certification

For Immediate Release


REDDING, Calif. - Leslie Ellingson, a history teacher at Shasta High School in Redding and graduate of Simpson University, was honored Friday for achieving National Board for Professional Teaching Standards certification.

Administrators and professors from Simpson University’s School of Education presented Ellingson with roses in her classroom. Ellingson is the latest in a growing number of graduates from the university’s Master of Arts in Teaching program to earn this elite national certification, said Dr. Glee Brooks, dean of the School of Education.

“Leslie epitomizes the best in the teaching profession,” she said. “We are proud of her and what she has accomplished.”

Ellingson joins other Simpson M.A. in Teaching alumni who have earned National Board certification, including Matt Garrett, Justin Jordan, Julie Adams, Sherlyn Hodgson, Gerry Murray, Colleen Caldwell, and Sue Horrocks. All are teachers in the North State, Brooks said.

National Board certification is regarded as one of the highest accomplishments in the teaching profession nationwide. Teachers who achieve this distinction demonstrate through a demanding performance assessment that they have met high and rigorous standards for what accomplished teachers should know and be able to do. Candidates participate in a multi-year professional development experience. They must pass national subject-knowledge tests and submit videotapes of their teaching and analysis of student learning.

The National Board for Professional Teaching Standards was created in 1987. Its goal is to develop exceptional teachers, with at least one in every school in the United States.

Simpson University’s School of Education offers master’s degrees in teaching and education, as well as California teaching and administrative credentials. Learn more at

Photo by Matt Murnan / Shasta High School teacher and Simpson University alumna Leslie Ellingson holds roses given to her by, from left, Dr. Glee Brooks, dean of Simpson’s School of Education; Dr. Neita Novo, director of the M.A. in Teaching program; and Kathy Sublett, adjunct professor.


Simpson University is a Christian university offering undergraduate, graduate, and teaching credential programs. Academic programs include ASPIRE, a degree-completion program geared toward working adults in the north state. Simpson’s newest programs include degrees in nursing, biology, outdoor leadership, and master’s degrees in counseling psychology and organizational leadership. For more information, or to arrange a campus visit, call 1-888-9-SIMPSON or visit


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