Cave Creek Teachers Achieve National Board Certification


CAVE CREEK – Cave Creek Unified School District (CCUSD) announced its newest National Board-Certified Teachers.  National Board Certification is a voluntary advanced teaching credential that complements a state's teacher license, and only three percent of teachers in the United States are National Board Certified.

In Cave Creek, the percentage is eight, double the national average. The certification is valid for 5 years, after which teachers can seek certification renewal.  These are Cave Creek Unified School District’s newest National Board-Certified Teachers:

  • Mrs. Dee Pipitone, Special Education Teacher at Lone Mountain Elementary School, achieved National Board Certification in the area of Exceptional Needs Specialist.
  • Mrs. Corrie Klinefelter, School Counselor at Cactus Shadows High School achieved National Board Certification in the area of School Counseling.
  • Mrs. Christine Huguley, 2nd Grade Teacher at Desert Sun Academy, achieved National Board Certification in the area of Early Child Generalist.


Currently, CCUSD has 3 more National Board Candidates working toward their certification with several more investigating the process through our pre-candidacy course. Dr. Debbi Burdick, Superintendent of CCUSD, has been a long-standing advocate of National Board Certification, and is very proud of the teachers in CCUSD, she said.

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