W.Va. Commission for Professional Teaching Standards Welcomes New Members

November 20, 2007

CHARLESTON, W.Va. _ The West Virginia Board of Education has named four new members to the Commission for Professional Teaching Standards. Suzanne Mary Anderson of Parkersburg in Wood County, Mary C. Humphreys of Lewisburg in Greenbrier County and Carolyn D. Long of Little Birch in Braxton County were selected to serve on the advisory body’s Personnel Preparation Committee and Professional Practice Panel. Stephen A. Knighton of Charleston in Kanawha County was selected to serve on the Licensure Committee and Licensure Appeal Panel.


Anderson, a kindergarten teacher at Worthington Elementary school, started teaching in 1979. She has earned National Board Certification and is a member of the Professional Development Council in Wood County. She also is a member of the Science Instructional Guides Committee for 21st Century Schools and has worked on numerous curriculum and instruction projects at the county and state level.


Humphreys, a National Board Certified teacher, has taught social studies at Greenbrier East High School for nearly 30 years. She also has taught advanced placement classes in U.S. history, U.S. government and psychology. Humphreys is an adjunct professor at the New River Community and Technical College’s Greenbrier Valley campus. She has served as an evaluator of online courses for the West Virginia Department of Education and is the author of 21st century instructional guides for U.S. history.


Long has been superintendent of Braxton County Schools for six years, during which time she supervises the daily operations of Braxton County Schools’ 250 employees and 2,400 students. She manages all aspects of a $17 million budget as well as reviews, interviews and makes recommendations to the local school board on personnel matters. She also has worked as an elementary school principal and teacher.


Knighton, principal of Piedmont Year-round Education, has been a teacher and administrator in Kanawha County for 35 years. He created the first year-round school in West Virginia. He has been a West Virginia National Distinguished Principal runner-up and was Kanawha County Principal of the Year in 2004. 


Comprised of 19 members, the CPTS was established in 1997 to form an alliance between the West Virginia Board of Education and the education profession. It serves in an advisory capacity to the State Board on matters relating to teacher preparation, certification, licensure and professional development. Members are representatives of the education community, come from around the state and serve rotating terms.  


The CPTS has a mission of ensuring that competent educators who meet rigorous preparation and licensure requirements serve every student in West Virginia. The commission also recommends to the State Board of Education standards and practices for the development and approval of preparation programs and licensure.  


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