Seventy-four W.Va. Teachers are Honored for Earning National Board Certification

June 08, 2010

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Seventy-four West Virginia teachers have earned National Board Certification for 2009-2010, the highest credential in the teaching profession. The West Virginia Board of Education honored this year’s graduating class Tuesday evening during a special ceremony at the Clay Center in Charleston.


“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 the national certification are clearly among America’s best.” 

Across the country about 82,000 of the nation’s most effective teachers have demonstrated that they meet the highest teaching standards by becoming National Board certified, including nearly 500 in West Virginia. In 2009, nearly 8,900 teachers nationwide achieved National Board Certification.

West Virginia’s 74 teachers receiving certification for the 2009-2010 school year are: Berkeley – Melanie Cox, Melissa Englebright, Julaine Pfund, Dorothy Pownall, Tamala Stotler, Stephane Van Evera and Cynthia Woods; Cabell – Timothy Alford, Patricia Ball, Gail Boone, Amanda Hogsett, Kelli Jordan, Laura Kasey, Shawna Paynter, Whitney Stead and Emily Stephens; Fayette County – Christy Gill and Linda Nevi; Greenbrier – Bobbie Deitz; Hancock – Jacqueline Fodor; Hardy – Stephanie Simmons; Harrison – Vickie Allman, Laura Brown and Jessica Haynes; Jackson – Angel Reed; Kanawha – Donna Landin; Lewis – Nancy Locke and Darlene Smithson; Logan – Paula Thomas; Marion – Jessica Holt-Whaley and Diana Yanero; Marshall – Kimberley Kidd and Linda Shalaway; Mercer – Melissa Boothe and Mary Merriman; Mineral – Kathleen Brown, Anna Clay and Wenda Owens; Mingo – Wendell Booten, Debra Catron, Robin Ellis, Theresa Hanshaw and Betty Lamanca; Monongalia – Linda Casleton, Andrea Cathell, Angela Dickerson, Melinda Edwards, John Fike, Cynthia Griffin, Michelle Leversee, Lynda Martin, Leigh Ann Pierson, Elizabeth Rodd, Gina Romme and Lois Swineford; Nicholas – Holly Miller and Sharon Neal; Ohio – Heidi Hohman, Joyce Jingle and Andrienne Richards; Preston – Keisha-Morae Kibler; Putnam – Joseph Kincaid and Barbara Thompson; Raleigh – Karen Bonnett; Taylor – Tracy Duncan and Pamela Miller; Tucker – Danielle Riggins and Kelly Underwood; Upshur – Edwina Howard-Jack; Wetzel – Sadonna Kimble and Mary Young; Wood – Diane Hickey and Jay Phillips; and Wyoming – Brenda Smith.

Founded in 1987, the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards is an independent, non-profit, non-partisan, non-governmental organization. Its mission is to establish high and rigorous standards for what accomplished teachers should know and be able to do.

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.

For more information about 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 at

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