Board honors national certification

  • Friday, January 31, 2014

A.M. Sheehan/Journal Scene National Certification honorees are from left, Marcia Newman, Ashley Ridge High; Amanda Shipman, Ashley Ridge High; Natasha Priester, Beech Hill Elementary; Brittany Richardson, Beech Hill Elementary; Andrew Chambers, Summerville High; Laura Bruning, Windsor Hill Arts Infused Elementary; Kara Clouser, Windsor Hill Arts Infused Elementary; Priscilla Johnson, Windsor Hill Arts Infused Elementary. Missing: Susan Grinsteinner, district office.

Nine teachers in Dorchester School District Two have earned their profession’s highest credential, National Board Certification from the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards.

With the addition of this year’s board certified teachers, there are now 158 National Board Certified teachers in district classrooms. In addition, 15 National Board Certified Teachers in the district received their certificate renewals in 2013.

Newly named National Board Certified teachers from Dorchester School District Two include: Marcia Newman, Ashley Ridge High; Amanda Shipman, Ashley Ridge High; Natasha Priester, Beech Hill Elementary; Brittany Richardson, Beech Hill Elementary; Andrew Chambers, Summerville High; Laura Bruning, Windsor Hill Arts Infused Elementary; Kara Clouser, Windsor Hill Arts Infused Elementary; Priscilla Johnson, Windsor Hill Arts Infused Elementary; and Susan Grinsteinner, District Office.

Teachers who earned their National Board Certificate Renewals in 2013 include: Susan Bocook, Fort Dorchester High; Rhonda Edwards, Eagle Nest Elementary; Donald Gilreath, Summerville High; Stephanie Henderson, Ashley Ridge High; Pamela Mack, Pye Elementary; Susan McGuckin, Ashley Ridge High; Carol Marks, Summerville High; Rebecca Messina, Oakbrook Middle; Angelina Mizell, Knightsville Elementary; Marie Pohlman, Reeves Elementary; Tamara Robinson, Windsor Hill Arts Infused Elementary; Crystal Still, Reeves Elementary; Kellie Swoyer, Newington Elementary; and Kelley Wanish, Beech Hill Elementary.

Dorchester School District Two Superintendent Joe Pye praised the dedication and hard work of the new recipients of this outstanding personal and professional distinction.

“Not only is this achievement a reward for hundred of hours of hard work as teachers go through this process, but it also represents many years of service as master teachers in the classroom,” he said. “I applaud these teachers for their commitment to teaching excellence. The beneficiaries of their hard work are the students in our classrooms.”

Teachers seeking National Board Certification undertake a two-part process that takes from one to three years to complete. The process requires candidates to reflect on their classroom practices, their understanding of subject material and their preparation techniques.

In addition to preparing a portfolio with videotapes of classroom teaching, lesson plans, student work samples and reflective essays, teachers must complete assessment center exercises based on content knowledge that proves they have mastered the subjects they teach and also know how to teach them.

The National Board process defines the knowledge, skills and accomplishments that symbolize teaching excellence. It was created so that teachers – just as professionals in other fields – could achieve distinction by demonstrating through a demanding performance assessment that they can meet high and rigorous standards for what accomplished teachers should know and be able to do.

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