W.Va. Honors National Board Certified Teachers

September 14, 2006

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Forty West Virginia teachers who earned National Board Certification, the highest credential in the teaching profession, were honored during a special ceremony Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2006, at the Cultural Center.  

“Teachers who earn National Board Certification represent the gold standard in teaching and are among the most effective teachers in our classrooms today,” said West Virginia Superintendent of Schools Steve Paine. “I believe that National Board Certified Teachers are the foundation of West Virginia’s 21st century vision to teach our children skills for the global world.”  

This year’s National Board Certified Teachers and their counties are: Berkeley: Doris Boyer, Brian Kleppner, Robin McCants, Sonya Shockey; Boone: Lillian Clay; Doddridge: Robert Burnside; Fayette: Shirley Fleshman; Greenbrier: James Meadows, Velma Viers; Hancock: Melanie Donofe; Hampshire: Ann Warner; Harrison: Susan Ferrell; Jackson: Kimberly Love; Kanawha: Lynn Baker, Cathy Walker; Marshall: Cynthia Burke; Mercer: Nancy Aldridge, Lori Conner, Ginger Craft, Jeannette Justice, Shelby Neal, Deborah Six; Nicholas: Teresa Brown, Tony Nichols, Marilyn Rogers; Pendleton: Sheila Ruddle; Pocahontas: Bruce Rose; Putnam: Linda Berg, Rachel Hull, Carolyn Lewis, Lisa Wyatt; Taylor: Donna Hage; Upshur: Julia Conley, Jill Stemple; Wayne: Michelle Loudermilk; Wood: James Clark, Rebecca Jorgensen, Patricia Stansberry, Robin Stout; and West Virginia Department of Education: Loujeania Maynus.  

Paine, along with members of the West Virginia Board of Education and Keith Geiger of the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards addressed the teachers.  

The National Board for Professional Teaching Standards is an independent, nonprofit, nonpartisan and nongovernmental organization governed by a 63-member board of directors made up of mostly classroom teachers. Its mission is to establish high and rigorous standards for what teachers should know and be able to do and to voluntarily assess and certify teachers who meet those standards.  

Nearly 50,000 teachers nationwide have earned National Board Certification, including about 247 in West Virginia. The state Department of Education has launched a campaign to encourage West Virginia’s 20,000 teachers to become nationally certified.  

“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 on National Board Certification, contact the West Virginia Department of Education's Office of Professional Preparation at (304) 558-7826.

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