State Board Names Four New Members to CPTS

July 26, 2005

Charleston, W.Va. - The West Virginia Board of Education appointed four new members to the Commission for Professional Teaching Standards during its July meeting in Charleston. Phyllis Newcomb, Bettina Messersmith, David Alfred and Board Member Barbara Fish were selected to serve on the advisory panel.  

Phyllis Newcomb is a science teacher at Woodrow Wilson High School in Beckley, Raleigh County. She is a graduate of Marshall University where she earned her bachelorís of science degree in biology and general science. She furthered her education by earning her masterís degree from West Virginia University. She has taught science at Clear Fork High School and serves as a science teacher leader for Raleigh County with the Coalfield Rural Systemic Initiative.  

Bettina Messersmith currently is a graphic design instructor at James Rumsey Technical Institute in Martinsburg, Berkeley County. She is a National Board Certified teacher and earned her RBA Degree from West Virginia University Institute of Technology.  

David Alfred is a National Board Certified teacher who also holds a masterís degree in educational leadership from Ohio University. He earned his bachelor of music education from The Ohio State University. Alfred currently is an instrumental/general music instructor for Ohio County Schools. He also is a speaker and a mentor for the National Board of Professional Teaching Standards.  

State Board Member Barbara Fish has served on the West Virginia Board of Education since 2000. She is the Boardís immediate past president and has also served as its vice president and secretary. Mrs. Fish graduated from S. Horace Scott Senior High School in Coatesille, Pa. She went on to earn her bachelor's degree in Spanish from Grove City College, Grove City, Pa. She also studied at the Institutos Mangold in Madrid, Spain. Mrs. Fish also completed some of her graduate studies at the Universidad de Salamanca in Salamanca, Spain. She continued her graduate studies at Millersville State College in Millersville, Pa. and earned her master's in Spanish from West Chester State College in West Chester, Pa. She taught school in Texas and Pennsylvania.  

Comprised of 19 members, the CPTS was established in 1997 to form an alliance between the West Virginia Board of Education and the education profession. It serves in an advisory capacity to the State Board on matters relating to teacher preparation, certification, licensure and professional development.  

The CPTS has a mission of ensuring that competent educators who meet rigorous preparation and licensure requirements serve every student in West Virginia. The commission also recommends to the State Board of Education standards and practices for the development and approval of preparation programs and licensure.  

The members of the Commission, who are representatives of the education community, come from around the state and serve rotating terms.  

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