“This certification is significant because teachers not only have to prove they know their subject matter, but they also must provide evidence they know how to teach their subjects to students most effectively,” said State Superintendent of Schools Dr. David Stewart. “This is a rigorous performance-based assessment that requires almost a year to complete. Teachers who receive the national certification are clearly among America’s best at their profession.”
Seventeen of West Virginia’s 21 teachers receiving National Board Certification during the 1999-2000 school year are employed in Wood County, where the school system offers a yearly $3,500 financial award to teachers holding the national certification.
“Across the nation, school districts and states have put in place various types of incentives to support and encourage teachers to meet the strenuous standards adopted for this national certification,” Dr. Stewart noted. “West Virginia offers financial incentives –- including reimbursement of expenses and program costs plus a $1,000 annual award to any teacher holding this certification -– to encourage participation in this program.”
Counties offering incentives include: Cabell County, which offers $2,000 in additional salary for each of the 10 years the certificate is valid; Putnam County, which offers $2,000 more each year for the first five years and $4,000 for the second five years of the certification; and Wayne County, which provides certified teachers with access to high-tech equipment, three days of professional leave time and a salary supplement of $5,000 for 10 years.
Founded in 1987, the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards is an independent, non-profit, non-partisan and non-governmental organization. Its mission is to establish high and rigorous standards for what accomplished teachers should know and be able to do.
West Virginia teachers receiving certification for the 1999-2000 school year include:
Norma McDonie, Cabell County; Brenda Stephens, Jill Mennillo, Alberta Boyd, Cheryl Cottrill, Joan Lucas, Rebecca Daniel, James Dennis, Charles Eaton, Susan Gracey Naylor, Robert Wilson, Barbara McCullough, Michelle Mercer, Teresa Wilson, Susan Huggins, Margaret Hunter, Esther Lauderman and Mary Weber, Wood County; J. Mark Lynch, Jr., Lewis County; Joyce Michaels, Mineral County; and Claudia Tull, Putnam County. In addition, three teachers who live in West Virginia and are currently teaching out-of-state received National Board Certification during the 1999-2000 school year.
Application information may be obtained by calling the West Virginia Department of Education, Office of Professional Preparation, at 1-800-982-2378 or (304) 558-7010.