1-9-13 Sixty-one teachers earn National Board Certification

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Sixty-one West Virginia teachers have earned National Board Certification for 2012, the highest credential in the teaching profession. The new additions increase the number of National Board Certified Teachers in West Virginia schools to 696.

“National Board Certified Teachers have the knowledge and skills to help students bridge the gap between what they know and what they need to know to be successful in the 21st century,” said state Superintendent Jim Phares. “The West Virginia teachers who have earned national certification are clearly among America’s best.”

Across the country, more than 100,000 of the nation’s most effective teachers have demonstrated that they meet the highest teaching standards by becoming National Board Certified. In West Virginia, Wood County has the most National Board Certified Teachers with 79, followed by Cabell with 55; Monongalia, 46; and Berkeley, 44. Kanawha and Mineral counties are tied at 5th place with 36 each.
West Virginia’s 61 teachers receiving national certification in 2012 are: Berkeley County, Mark Christopher Albright, Kevin Frankhouser, Magdalene Frye, Sherrie Lee Hartman, Kelly Elizabeth Kable, Erin Peralta, Anthony Wayne Ponton, Gina Michele Pratt and Jessica Ruqus; Boone, Loren Jo Berry; Brooke, Timothy Thomas Turner; Cabell, Rebecca L. Harden, Teresa Kay Hatfield and Kathleen Cook Turner; Greenbrier, Judy Ashton Burns and Carolyn A. Osborne; Hancock, Amy Sue Hannahs and Jennifer Nicole Loveland; Harrison, Melissa Juan Hinerman and Anna Kaye Tennis; Jackson, Patricia Gayle Anderson and Leslie C. Haynes; Jefferson, Gina Marie Hunter and Jeremy Daniel Wilt; Kanawha, Timothy Wayne Clifton, Lynn Marie Davis, Robin Laura Peck and Deborah Sink; Lincoln, Patricia Faye Childers; Marion, Jeanina Maria Butcher, Adrin Elizabeth Fisher, Jessica Lauren Ford and Elizabeth Marie Urse; Marshall, Katie Lynn Dantrassy; Mason, Jodie Todd Roush, Mercer, Ashley Nicole Shaw and Emily Browning Smith; Mineral, Rebonica Louise Davis, Patricia Jane Deal-Broadwater, Lori Ann Sarfino and Hannah Leigh Wingler; Monongalia, Sarah Rebecca Kane; Nicholas, Valeria Lynn Mullins; Ohio, Debra Clark, Christine Kiger Harden, Jamie Layne Johnson, Helen Marie Kudrav, Richard Marsh and Jacqueline Lou Shriner; Putnam, Holly Jeanine Hoover, Courtney S. Ruppert and Rachelle Williams; Raleigh, Julie Ann Midkiff and Cindi Renee Reeves; Upshur, Stacy Marteney; and Wood, Ernest Wayne Clark, Tracy C. Fauber, Whitny Margaret Gesell, Joanna Theresa Mulligan, Jaime Seltzer and Brenda Lee Twyman.

Founded in 1987, the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (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.

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

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