CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Seventy-four West Virginia teachers have earned certification from the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, the highest credential in the teaching profession.
The West Virginia educators are among nearly 8,900 teachers across the country to earn certification this year, bringing the total number of National Board Certified teachers to about 82,000. The additional certifications bring the total number of board certified teachers in West Virginia to 494.
“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 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 national certification are clearly among America’s best and most effective teachers in our classrooms today.”
In many schools across the nation, National Board Certified Teachers are assuming leadership roles, serving as mentors, facilitating professional development and leading education reform efforts. In West Virginia, about one-third of the state’s National Board Certified Teachers teach in Title I eligible schools, which often have students who face the most challenges at home.
“I congratulate the West Virginia teachers who have shown such a commitment to professional excellence by earning National Board Certification,” said U.S. Sen. Jay Rockefeller, D-W.Va. “The efforts of these teachers are an inspiration, and their training translates into greater learning opportunities for our students.”
West Virginia’s newest National Board Certified Teachers and their counties are:
Berkeley County: Cynthia Woods, Julaine Pfund, Melanie Cox, Melissa Englebright, Stephanie Van Evera, Tamala Stotler and Dorothy Pownall;
Cabell: Amanda Hogsett, Emily Stephens, Gail Boone, Kelli Jordan, Laura Kasey, Patricia Ball, Shawna Paynter, Timothy Alford and Whitney Stead;
Fayette: Christy Gill and Linda Nevi;
Gilmer: Vickie Allman;
Greenbrier: Bobbie Deitz;
Hancock: Jacqueline Fodor;
Hardy: Stephanie Simmons;
Harrison: Jessica Haynes;
Jackson: Angel Reed;
Kanawha: Donna Landin;
Lewis: Darlene Smithson, Laura Posey and Nancy Locke;
Logan: Paula Thomas;
Marion: Diana Yanero and Jessica Holt-Whaley;
Marshall: Kimberley Kidd and Linda Shalaway;
Mercer: Mary Merriman and Melissa Boothe;
Mineral: Anna Clay, Kathleen Brown and Wenda Owens;
Mingo: Betty Lamanca, Debra Catron, Robin Ellis, Theresa Hanshaw and Wendell Booten;
Monongalia: Andrea Cathell, Angela Dickerson, Cynthia Griffin, Gina Romme, John Fike, Leigh Anne Pierson, Linda Casleton, Lois Swineford, Lynda Martin, Melinda Edwards, Michelle Leversee and Elizabeth Rodd;
Nicholas: Holly Miller and Sharon Neal;
Ohio: Adrienne Richards, Heidi Hohman and Joyce Jingle;
Preston: Keisha-Morae Kibler;
Putnam: Joseph Kincaid and Barbara Thompson;
Raleigh: Karen Bonnett;
Taylor: Pamela Miller and Tracy Duncan;
Tucker: Danielle Riggins and Kelly Underwood;
Upshur: Edwina Howard-Jack;
Wetzel: Mary Young and Sadonna Kimble;
Wood: Diana Hickey and Jay Phillips;
Wyoming: Brenda Smith.
U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan called this year’s class an “extraordinary group” that has “demonstrated a commitment to taking their teaching practice and the teaching profession to a different level.”
“The leadership and example they’re setting for the system is phenomenal,” Duncan said. “What if every child had a chance to be taught by a National Board Certified Teacher? I think the difference it would make in students’ lives would be extraordinary.”
In West Virginia, the state Department of Education has launched a campaign to encourage West Virginia’s 20,000 teachers to become nationally certified. Educators who opt to pursue certification often can qualify for financial assistance. Once certified, they often can qualify for additional compensation.
“Getting more West Virginia teachers to pursue the rigors of National Board Certification is one of the best ways to achieve our goals of teaching not only the basics but 21st century skills,” Paine said.
For more information, visit the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards’ Web site at www.nbpts.org, or contact Scottie Ford with the West Virginia Department of Education at 304-558-7010, or the Office of Communications at 304-558-2699.
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