Thirty-Two Teachers Earn Highest Credential in Education – National Certification

December 11, 2002

Thirty-two West Virginia teachers have earned National Board Certification, the highest credential for teachers. These teachers join the ranks of 54 other West Virginia professionals in achieving the symbol of teaching excellence from the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS).  

Wood County led this year’s list with ten teachers earning national certification, followed by Wayne County with four.  

This year’s teachers who achieved national certification include: Boone County: Deborah Fairchild; Calhoun: Vickie Baker; Fayette: Wayne Yonkelowitz; Greenbrier: Barbara Scofield; Hardy: Jennifer Butts; Harrison: Loria Reid; Jackson: Beverly Kerns; Kanawha: Linda Hull, Carol Mathis; Logan: Lana Turner; Monongalia: Sherry Bochna, Jeanne Gren; Pocahontas: Barbara Lewis; Putnam: Pamela Lusher; Summers: Jane Meador; Upshur: Felicia Burger-Westfall; Wayne: Jane Wiley, Deborah Fuller, Patsy Crisel, Mary Pauley; Wetzel: Linda Fonner; Wirt: Mary Ellen Chapman; Wood: Constance Simonton, Martha Duling, Susan Boyd, Wendy Williams, Carolyn Ward, Sarah Slaughter, Mary Slater, David Stone, Susan Steinbeck and David Marlow.  

“We are extremely proud of the 86 teachers who have pursued and achieved this rigorous certification,” said State Schools Superintendent David Stewart. “It is certainly a stellar professional accomplishment for the educators and a great bonus for the children in our schools who are being taught by educators who are at the top of their profession,” added Stewart.  

National Board Certification is a professional development experience created for teachers to demonstrate their knowledge and skills through a series of performance-based assessments. Nationwide, more than 7,800 teachers earned this prestigious credential this year.  

West Virginia offers a financial incentive to support and encourage teachers to work toward national certification. Teachers who achieve the credential earn $2,500 annually for the life of the certification. Several counties offer additional incentives ranging from $1,250 to $5,000.  

For more information about national certification, contact the West Virginia Department of Education’s Office of Professional Preparation at 1-800-982-2378 or 304-558-7010, or by logging onto the Department of Education’s website at

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