W.Va. Honors National Board Certified Teachers

March 06, 2007

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Forty-four West Virginia teachers who earned National Board Certification, the highest credential in the teaching profession, were honored during a special ceremony Monday, March 5, 2006, at the Charleston Marriott.  

“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 today's digital world.”  

This year’s National Board Certified Teachers and their counties are: Erin Ankrum, Brooke; Roy Barnette, Boone; Cheryl Bredeaux, Mercer; Marsha Burke, Greenbrier; Jody Carder, Wood; Joyce Conrad, Marion; Richard Cunningham, Cabell; Carol Curotz, Harrison; Natalie Dillinger, Putnam; Theresa Dingess, Logan; Joyce Duvall, Wood; Eva Ellis, Boone; Colleen Folger, Tyler; Sarah Fox, Cabell; Kimberly Freeland, Gilmer; Debra Hall, Cabell; Carol Hamilton, Berkeley; Sandra Humphries, Monroe; William Johnson, Mineral ; Melissa Lampinen, Upshur; Caren Lilly, Upshur; Marsha Lloyd, Marion; Judy Lyons, Marshall; Susan May, Cabell; Theresa Mcabee, Lewis; Michalene Mills, Hancock; Robert Minigh, Wood; Amy Montgomery, Mercer; Robin Ramey, Cabell; Julia Riggleman, Greenbrier; Marsha Roth, Ohio; Joetta Schneider, Marion; E. Seligman, Wood; Christy Shaffer, Jefferson; Katy Smith, Kanawha; Rodney Smith, Mercer; Teresa Stephens, Putnam; Courtney Thornton, Mercer; Kathy Vallance, Cabell; Sonya White, Jackson; Andrea Williams, Nicholas; Janice Williams, Mercer; Angela Wilson, Cabell; Jane Wright, Mineral.  

Superintendent Paine, Gov. Joe Manchin, First Lady Gayle Manchin, members of the West Virginia Board of Education, as well as Wil Parker from the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards were in attendance.  

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.  

About 50,000 teachers nationwide have earned National Board Certification, including about 291 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 pictures please visit: http://wvde.state.wv.us/tt/2007/NCLB%202007/index.html

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