West Virginia Teachers Recognized For Earning the Profession's Highest Honor

September 15, 2005

Charleston, W.Va. – Fifty-one West Virginia teachers were honored at a ceremony Wednesday evening at the Clay Center for the Arts and Sciences for achieving the teaching profession’s highest credential – National Board Certification.  


Members of the West Virginia Board of Education, State Superintendent of Schools Steve Paine, First Lady Gayle Manchin and several other distinguished guests honored the teachers for obtaining this prestigious credential.  

“Earning National Board Certification is no easy task,” said State Schools Superintendent Steve Paine. “These teachers have met the highest teaching standards in the nation. Not only are they building the value of the teaching profession but we also know that improving teacher quality improves student learning.”  

West Virginia teachers honored were: Cheryl Altizer, Fayette County; Katrina Andrews, Ritchie County; Nanette Argabrite, Cabell County; Brenda Kay Barbour, Wayne County; Virginia Haywood-Bass, Wood County; Diane Bowsher, Cabell County; Karen Brady, Wood County; Jeannine Branch, Monongalia County; Michele Todd-Brown, Harrison County; Jody L. Burkholder, Wood County; Ruthanne Cole, Mercer County; Cynthia Coulson, Putnam County; Patricia Cowan, Hancock County; Zella Cunningham, Wood County; Pamela Faulkner, Raleigh County; Katherine Starkey Frazier, Jackson County; Diana Gillespie, Greenbrier County; Shanna Parker Grow, Mineral County; Gayla Hickle, Wood County; Holly Hickman, Cabell County; Paula Hoover, Greenbrier County; Mary Humphreys, Greenbrier County; Mary Lu Hutchins, Ohio County; Linda (Fowler) Johnson, Cabell County; Sandra Kraynok, Upshur County; Anne Laskey, Berkeley County; Julie Mancini, Harrison County; Theresa L. Marlow, Wood County; James Martin, Randolph County; Brenda McBrayer, Putnam County; Diane H. McMichael, Wood County; Bettina Messersmith, Berkeley County; Tracy Mosca, Ohio County; Vickie Wallace-Nesler, Harrison County; Mary Anita Palma, Ohio County; Cari Pauley, Lincoln County; Dina Ducoffe-Perrone, Berkeley County; Harry M. Post, Barbour County; Angela D. Roush, Wood County; Nancy Ryan, Berkeley County; Sharon L Sherida, Wood County; Nancy Shumate, Kanawha County; Virginia A. Simonton, Wood County; Edna Ruth Smith, Wood County; Joseph Smith, Wood County; Juanita Spinks, Greenbrier County; Kelli Stanley, Mercer County; Kathy Swanson, Boone County; Laura Trent, Harrison County; Lisa Williams, Cabell County; Claudia Zimarowski, Monongalia County  

With the 51 new certificates, West Virginia now has a total of 205 National Board Certified Teachers (NBCT). Nationwide, 8,066 teachers earned their profession’s top honor in 2004 by achieving National Board Certification. This achievement brings the total number of NBCT to 40,210.  

The National Board of Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) is an independent, nonprofit, nonpartisan and non-governmental organization dedicated to advancing the quality of teaching and learning. A voluntary process established by NBPTS, certification is achieved through a rigorous performance-based assessment that takes between one and three years to complete and measures what accomplished teachers should know and be able to do.  

For more information about national certification, please contact Scottie Ford, Coordinator for the West Virginia Department of Education’s Office of Professional Preparation at (304) 558-7012.  


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