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West Virginia Classrooms Gain 63 National Board Certified Teachers in 2003
State Nearly Doubles the Number from Last Year

December 04, 2003

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – As part of West Virginia’s efforts to improve teacher quality and meet the federal requirements for a highly qualified teacher in every classroom, 63 state teachers earned their profession’s top honor this year by achieving National Board Certification. With the new certificates, West Virginia now has a total of 151 National Board Certified Teachers (NBCTs).  

“The hard work and dedication of West Virginia teachers are admirable, and our students are lucky to have them,” says Gov. Bob Wise. “We know improving teacher quality improves student learning, and by achieving National Board Certification, these teachers have met the highest teaching standards in the nation.”  

This year’s achievement of 63 new NBCTs nearly doubles last year’s total of 33. Nationwide, 8,196 teachers earned their profession’s top honor this year by achieving National Board Certification. This achievement brings the total number of NBCTs to 32,131. In West Virginia, 151 teachers have earned this creditential.  

“We are extremely proud of the 151 teachers who have pursued and achieved this rigorous certification,” said State Schools Superintendent David Stewart. “It is certainly a stellar professional accomplishment for the educators and a great bonus for the children in our schools who are being taught by educators who are at the top of their profession,” added Stewart.  

One-third of West Virginia’s new NBCTs teach in Title I schools, and one out of every three teach in the high-need subjects of math and science  

“Teacher quality has never been more important, and the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) is the only organization of its kind helping states to identify and certify highly accomplished teachers,” says NBPTS President Joseph A. Aguerrebere. “Through National Board Certified Teachers, states and communities are realizing the enormous benefits of using National Board Certification as a tool to attract, reward and retain highly accomplished teachers as required by the federal No Child Left Behind Act.”  

Founded 16 years ago, NBPTS is an independent, nonprofit, nonpartisan and non-governmental organization dedicated to advancing the quality of teaching and learning. National Board Certification is the highest credential in the teaching profession. A voluntary process established by NBPTS, certification is achieved through a rigorous performance-based assessment that takes between one and three years to complete and measures what accomplished teachers should know and be able to do.  

West Virginia educators who earned national certification this year are: David Alfred, Ohio County; Suzanne Anderson, Wood County; Kenna Barger, Randolph County; Monica Beane, Braxton County; Steve Beckelhimer, Cabell County; Patricia Blake, Cabell County; Janet Bowland, Fayette County; Vivian Brown, Nicholas County; Brenda Bunn, Cabell County; Lee Anne Burton, Marion County; Gerri Chaffin, Wayne County; Helen Curry, Mingo County; Patricia Dillon, Mingo County; Margaret Dolan, Ohio County; Patricia Hanson, Greenbrier County; Cindy Hatten, Wayne County; Sheila Kay Toth, Marion County; Janet Kirby, Roane County; Barbara Kesner, Mineral County; Eric Kincaid, Monongalia County; Gerry Kohler Wood County; Amber Lafferty, Putnam County; Donna Rae Lambert, Braxton County; Kathryn Lea Lazenby, Raleigh County; Sheila Leach; Patricia Long, Berkeley County; Robin Mace, Wood County; Sandra Marchese, Berkeley County; Jennifer Mayo, Kanawha County; Joan Montgomery, Greenbrier County; Linda Morrison, Ohio County; Carol Muniz, Monongalia County; Cheryl Nelson, Pocahontas County; Larry Oyster, Cabell County; Julia Pauley, Mercer County; Holly Plunkett, Monongalia County; Courtney Proctor Cross, Cabell County; Donna Ream, Greenbrier County; Cheryl Reger, Upshur County; Neil Reger, Upshur County; Mickie Richardson, Wood County; Debbie Robbins, Monongalia County; Lynda Sago, Marion County; Terri Ann Sappington, Monongalia County; Raymond Singleton, Kanawha County; Janet Sisler, Hardy County; Rosalind Smith, Wayne County; Barbara Stalnaker, Randolph County; Joseph Stephens, Wood County; Brenda Stevenson, Cabell County; Susan Stone, Mineral County; Carol Sutphin, Wood County; Michelle Talerico, Marion County; Nancy Talley, Mercer County; Pamela Taylor, Cabell County; Frances Tolley, Putnam County; Mary Triplett, Clay County; Deborah Lynn Underwood, Cabell County; Natalie Webb, Monongalia County; Leslie Wellman, Wayne County; Brenda Hatten Wentworth, Wayne County; Judith Warner, Monongalia County; and Pamela Wilson, Wood County.

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