Charleston, W.Va. – Nearly 70 West Virginia teachers were honored at a ceremony Wednesday evening at the Charleston Marriott 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 and several other distinguished guests honored the teachers for obtaining this prestigious credential.
“National Board Certified teachers not only have to prove they know their subject matter, but they also must provide evidence they know how to effectively teach their subjects to students,” said state Superintendent of Schools Steve Paine. “National Board Certified Teachers know how to bridge the gap between what students learn today and what they need to know to be successful in the 21st century. Teachers who receive the national certification are clearly among America’s best.”
Across the country, more than 60,000 of some of the most effective teachers in the country, including about 360 in West Virginia, have demonstrated that they meet the highest teaching standards by becoming National Board certified.
This year’s 69 National Board Certified Teachers and their counties are: Michelle Adams, Berkeley; Kristi Barker, Putnam; Chassie Barkley, Greenbrier; Lezlie Barton, Cabell; Gale Boden, Mineral; Tonji Bowen, Wayne; Lola Brown, Harrison; Catherine Burke, Jefferson; Shelia Cain, Marshall; Valerie Carlsen, Preston; Anna Carpenter, Webster; Carolyn Carr, Monongalia; Linda Chapman, Cabell; Barbara Coffman, Mineral; Tina Cooper, Cabell; Kathryn Copley, Cabell; Amy Cowgill, Mineral; Robert Crawford, WVDE; Aleta Crotty, Mercer; Melanie Davis, Ritchie; Lissa Dulick, Hancock; Rhonda Estep, Cabell; Tonya Ferguson, Barbour; Edna Flowers, Wood; Teresa Games, Wood; William Gibson, Monongalia; Sandra Gilmore, Kanawha; Karen Greenfield, Berkeley; Cathy Grewe, Wood; Toni Hartung, Hancock; Margaret Hattman, Wood; Diane Hayes, Kanawha; Heather Holbert, Harrison; Nancy Holdsworth, Hancock; Kimberly Hughes, Hancock; Pamela Hunter, Greenbrier; Megan Johnson, Kanawha; Lorren Jones, Cabell; Rebecca Jones, Harrison; Victoria Kane, Kanawha; Karen Keener, Brooke; Lisa Kerns, Harrison; Leah Lewis, Kanawha; Mary Lind, Jefferson; Tammy McKnight, Wood; Alyssa Mick, Hancock; Nicole Montgomery, Wood; Luanna Moore, Randolph; Mary Anne Morris, Mineral; Lisa Moser, Wood; Donna Myers, Cabell; Misty Nelson, Monroe; Jill O’Dell, Fayette; Mary Pannone, Mineral; Cynthia Peel, Greenbrier; Sharon Pitts, Calhoun; Kim Pulice, Harrison; Martha Randolph, Hancock; Vaughn Rhudy, Raleigh; Marsha Roberts, Marshall; Stephanie Runion, Harrison; Janet Sears, Wood; Blanca Skaggs, Taylor; Bradley Sorge, Ohio; Diana Tucker, Ohio; Laura VanHorn; Monongalia County; Kathy Williams, Ritchie; Lori Woods, Upshur; and Paula Wykle, Raleigh.
National Board Certification is a voluntary assessment program designed to recognize and reward great teachers—and make them better. While state licensing systems set basic requirements to teach in each state, National Board Certified Teachers have successfully demonstrated advanced teaching knowledge, skills and practices. Certification is achieved through a rigorous, performance-based assessment that typically takes one to three years to complete. Overall, the first-year achievement rate is about 40 percent, culminating in an achievement rate of approximately 65 percent by the end of the third year.
As part of the process, teachers build a portfolio that includes student work samples, assignments, videotapes and a thorough analysis of their classroom teaching. Additionally, teachers are assessed on their knowledge of the subjects they teach.
Founded in 1987, the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) is an independent, non-profit, non-partisan, non-governmental organization.
For more information about NBPTS and National Board Certification, contact the West Virginia Department of Education’s Office of Professional Preparation at (304) 558-7010 or the Office of Communications at (304) 558-2699. Information also is available on the NBPTS Web site at www.nbpts.org.
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