West Virginia Gains 54 National Board Certified Teachers

December 17, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. The West Virginia Department of Education and the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) announced that 54 teachers in West Virginia achieved National Board Certification this year, demonstrating that they have attained the knowledge and skills necessary to prepare students for success in college and career. For 2013, West Virginia ranks 20th in the number of teachers who certified this year. The total number of National Board Certified Teachers (NBCT) in the state is 750, making it 25th in the nation. 

“We’re thrilled to celebrate the achievement of our new NBCTs,” said state Superintendent of Schools Jim Phares. “Their achievement is not only a testament to their hard work, determination and impact on their students’ learning, it is a reflection of the state’s strong commitment to supporting all teachers in their pursuit of National Board Certification.”

“Achieving National Board Certification is not only a great personal achievement, it is a strong statement about a teacher’s commitment to the profession and to students and their learning,” said Ronald Thorpe, president and CEO of the National Board. 

Berkeley County leads this year’s list of newly certified teachers with 16 new NBCTs this year, bringing their total to 60, passing Cabell County for second place for counties with the most NBCTs.  Wood County certified four teachers this year and keeps the top spot in the state in total number of NBCTs per county with 86. The top five counties are:  Wood, 86; Berkeley, 60; Cabell, 59; Monongalia, 52; and Putnam, 37. 

West Virginia’s 54 teachers receiving national certification in 2013 are: 

Berkeley- April Bageant, Samara Bennett, Jessica Butcher, Teresa Campbell, Helen Colburn, Rachel Eversole, Rhonda Foreman, Lauren Funderburk, Elizabeth Hamman, Brande Hockensmith, Amy Mason, Cheryl Reid, Michele Santos, Candee Schneider, Colleen Shipley and Kimberly Starner

Boone - Marsha Raker

Cabell- Michele Goodson

Greenbrier- Jeffrey Owens

Hancock- Donna Carnes, Lynn Elliott, Jennifer Hardy and Rikki Regan

Jackson- Kelley Adcock

Jefferson- Amanda Rinard

Kanawha- William Dorsey, June Klassen, Emily Patterson and Kelly Plutro

Marion- Toni Poling

Mercer- Laura Presley

Mineral- Misty Benedict

Monongalia- Kevin Colistra, Melissa Forinash and Jessica Nelson

Ohio- Gail Adams, Meredith Dailer, Courtney Troullos and Kristy Villani

Putnam- Sherri Lyons, Maureen Miller, Tina Myers, Keisha Runion and Marjorie Snyder

Raleigh- Jada Bradley, Jamie Harvey  and Allison Shriver

Taylor- Corey Humphrey and Stacy Ward

Upshur- Brent Kimble

Wood-  Susan Grandick, Linda Hindman,  Candace Lewis and Vicki Ruble

Founded in 1987, the NBPTS is an independent, non-profit, non-partisan, non-governmental organization. Its mission is to establish high and rigorous standards for what accomplished teachers should know and be able to do. National Board Certification is a voluntary assessment program designed to recognize and reward great teachers – and make them better.

For more information about NBPTS and National Board Certification, contact Liza Cordeiro in the West Virginia Department of Education's Communication Office at 304-558-2699. Information also is available on the NBPTS website at www.nbpts.org.

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