West Virginia Teachers Recognized for Earning the Professionís Highest Honor

May 14, 2009

CHARLESTON, W.Va.– More than 60 West Virginia teachers were honored at a ceremony Wednesday evening at the Clay Center for the Arts and Sciences for achieving the teaching profession’s highest credential – National Board Certification.

Also recognized was Barbara Black, a teacher at West Teays Elementary in Putnam County, for receiving the 2008 Milken Family Foundation National Educator Award.

Members of the West Virginia Board of Education, state Superintendent of Schools Steve Paine and several other distinguished guests honored the teachers for obtaining the prestigious credentials.

"National Board Certified teachers not only have to prove they know their subject matter, but they also must provide evidence they know how to effectively teach their subjects to students," said Paine. "National Board Certified Teachers know how to bridge the gap between what students learn today and what they need to know to be successful in the 21st century. Teachers who receive the national certification are clearly among America’s best."

Across the country, more than 60,000 of some of the most effective teachers in the country, including about 420 in West Virginia, have demonstrated that they meet the highest teaching standards by becoming National Board Certified.

This year’s 63 National Board Certified Teachers and their counties are:

Beth Lyons, Berkeley County; Marian Koller, Braxton; Cheryl Cowie, Teresa Damron, Lisa Morris, Vickie Orsini, Brenda Parsons, Elizabeth Ray, Heather Scarberry, Trena Wise, Cabell County; Linda Boley, Fayette County; Amanda Poole, Gilmer County; Shannon Wykle, Greenbrier County; Sandra D’Alesio, Hancock County; Denise Miller, Karen Pitchok, Judith Pittinger, Hancock County; Jenny Santilli, Jacqueline Shaver, Harrison County; Gusta Arrington, Whitney Scholl, Jackson County; Kimi Estep, Karen Kersey, Kanawha County; Mary Patton, Lincoln County; Maria Baxter, Marion County; Beverly Bowers, Joy Gaines, Kelly Garcia, Elizabeth Stanton, Marion County; Laura Fiscus, Sheila Powell, Mineral County; Kelly Stanislawczyk, Patricia Wolfe, Mineral County; Tonya Hatcher, Joy Hunt, Mingo County; Kelly Beckner, Denise Berrebi, Brandy Bochna, Denice Corder, Sandra Lewis, Gretchen Shaffer, Monongalia County; Sarah Morris, Morgan County; Peggy Criswell, Deborah Sgroi, Lara Whorton, Sandra Wiseman, Ohio County; Erica Drennan, Carol Graham, Catherine Grim, Mark Higginbotham, Melissa Isaacs, Wanda Starcher, Jennifer Weddington, Putnam County; Teresa Epperley, Sandra Shaw, Raleigh County; Shelly Mason, Katie Owens, Ritchie County; Thisbe Cooper, Heather DeLuca, Tucker County; Gerald Leigh, Jacqueline McDaniels, Upshur County; Teresa Conley, Lee Cumpston, Wood County.

National Board Certification is a voluntary assessment program designed to recognize and reward great teachers—and make them better. While state licensing systems set basic requirements to teach in each state, National Board Certified Teachers have successfully demonstrated advanced teaching knowledge, skills and practices. Certification is achieved through a rigorous, performance-based assessment that typically takes one to three years to complete. Overall, the first-year achievement rate is about 40 percent, culminating in an achievement rate of approximately 65 percent by the end of the third year.

As part of the process, teachers build a portfolio that includes student work samples, assignments, videotapes and a thorough analysis of their classroom teaching. Additionally, teachers are assessed on their knowledge of the subjects they teach.

Founded in 1987, the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) is an independent, non-profit, non-partisan, non-governmental organization.

For more information about NBPTS and National Board Certification, contact the West Virginia Department of Education’s Office of Professional Preparation at (304) 558-7010 or the Office of Communications at (304) 558-2699. Information also is available on the NBPTS Web site at www.nbpts.org.

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