Commission For Professional Teaching Standards Welcomes Newest Member

April 29, 2005

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - The West Virginia Board of Education named its newest member to the Commission for Professional Teaching Standards (CPTS) during its recent meeting in Wood County. Robert Lockhart, a Kanawha County lawyer, was selected to serve on the advisory body.  

Lockhart is a practicing attorney with Schuda & Associates, PLLC. He is a former senior attorney with the firm of Spilman, Thomas & Battle, PLLC, and former associate attorney with Jackson and Kelly PLLC. He also served as Director of the Clinch Valley Workshop in Cedar Bluff, Va.  

After he earned his bachelorís degree in psychology from West Virginia University, Lockhart went on to complete his masterís degree in industrial relations from West Virginia College of Graduate Studies. He then received is doctor of jurisprudence from the West Virginia University College of Law. He is a member of the Kanawha County Bar Association and the West Virginia State Bar.  

Comprised of 19 members, the CPTS was established in 1997 to form an alliance between the West Virginia Board of Education and the education profession. It serves in an advisory capacity to the State Board on matters relating to teacher preparation, certification, licensure and professional development.  

The CPTS has a mission of ensuring that competent educators who meet rigorous preparation and licensure requirements serve every student in West Virginia. The commission also recommends to the State Board of Education standards and practices for the development and approval of preparation programs and licensure.  

The members of the Commission, who are representatives of the education community, come from around the state and serve rotating terms.  

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