Congratulations, Mrs. Rowland!

St. Ignatius of Loyola School teacher achieves National Board Certification 

Sarah Rowland, a 6th grade teacher at St. Ignatius of Loyola School, was recently notified that she had successfully completed the challenging process of earning National Board Certified Teacher (NBCT) status for her work as a science teacher. Vice principal Laura Sieve said Mrs. Rowland joins the following faculty members who previously earned the profession’s highest mark of achievement: 

  • Vickie Geckle
  • Megan Mears
  • Carolyn Milheim
  • Sarah Rowland 
  • Ann Shoemaker 
  • Beth Siemer
  • Laura Sieve


Mrs. Rowland’s accomplishment uniquely reflects one of the Core Values of the school: Continuous Improvement. St. Ignatius School deliberately and intentionally works to continuously improve. Already a National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence and a recognized leader in academics and inclusion, the faculty is constantly planning for the future and building on its current success. Both the faculty and the students are constantly reaching toward their personal best. 


Once a teacher begins the certification process, they have five years to complete it. Mrs. Rowland finished in two years. “Earning this achievement feels like a significant accomplishment in my career’” she said. “At times I was stressed because it is a lot of reflection on my teaching and trying to finish during the pandemic.  At the same time it helped me become a stronger teacher and I am grateful for the experience.  I felt with the support of previous national board teachers, I was prepared for the process.” 


According to the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, “National Board Certification was designed to develop, retain and recognize accomplished teachers and to generate ongoing improvement in schools nationwide. It is the most respected professional certification available in K-12 education.” Officials say that the process to get certified requires the teacher to demonstrate evidence of the positive effect they have on student learning in alignment with the five core principles:

  • Commitment to students and their learning
  • Knowledge of the subjects they teach and how to teach these subjects to students
  • Responsibility for managing and monitoring student learning
  • Systematic approaches regarding teaching practices and continuous improvement as a teacher
  • Membership in professional learning communities


Mrs. Rowland says, “I was encouraged to go through the process by administration and co-workers who have already completed the process.  I am very lucky to currently work on a team with Ann Shoemaker, a middle school intervention specialist. She was instrumental in my success.”


“I know personally how much work it is to achieve National Board Certification. It forces you to examine your teaching closely and determine why you do certain things and what is important for your students,” reflects St. Ignatius School vice principal Laura Sieve. “It certainly made me a better teacher. National Board for Professional Teaching Standards Certification has always been encouraged here and administration has been very supportive.”


Mrs. Rowland has been teaching at St. Ignatius School for nearly nine years. In addition to teaching, she also serves on the curricular fair and technology stewardship committees at the school. Mrs. Rowland has a Bachelor’s of Science degree from the Ohio State University and a Master’s in Education from Xavier University. She teaches Irish dancing and coaches Girls on the Run. She likes running, reading, and hanging out with her family. She also is a fan of the Ohio State Buckeyes, the Cincinnati Reds, and FC Cincinnati. Her hometown is Cincinnati and she has been a member of St. Ignatius staff since 2012.



Founded in the Archdiocese of Cincinnati in 1947, St. Ignatius is a Catholic Preschool-8th grade school staffed by more than 80 educators and intervention specialists serving 1,111 students in western Hamilton County. St. Ignatius has become a destination for other schools who are building their commitment to educate all learners. St. Ignatius School is a model for educational excellence in the following areas:

  • Faith formation
  • Our inclusion model embraces the learning needs of all students
  • Technology integration
  • Professional development

St. Ignatius School educates each student by helping to develop their faith and by teaching them academic skills that will last a lifetime. Our programs are designed to celebrate and develop the individual gifts of our students, and to assist parents in their efforts to educate the whole child.  Our ultimate goal is to graduate students whose lives are examples of the Gospel message.

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