School system celebrates National Board Certified Teachers

School system celebrates National Board Certified Teachers


Charles County Public Schools honored 31 teachers on April 28 in a ceremony held at the Jesse L. Starkey Administration Building to recognize their work to attain National Board Certification. At the start of the ceremony, Superintendent Kimberly Hill thanked the National Board Certified Teachers (NBCT) for their dedication to excellence in teaching and learning.

“You are at the heart of what we do,” Hill said before inviting each teacher to the front of the room to be recognized, congratulated and receive a NBCT pin. “To be able to honor those in our profession who have chosen to pursue National Board Certification is a treat for all of us. The rigorous process that these teachers have engaged in not only improves their practice, it has the potential to improve the practice of others as they share the insights they have gained,” Hill said.

Charles County Public Schools has 31 National Board Certified Teachers. The process is open annually to any Charles County Public Schools teacher or specialist who holds a Standard Professional or Advanced Professional Certificate and has a minimum of three years of successful teaching experience. “National Board Certification is a prestigious designation that is earned through hard work and self-reflection. Reflecting on our work is something that we should all do. Reflection helps to inform improvements in teaching and learning. I hope that more of our teachers will consider taking on the challenge of becoming a National Board Certified Teacher,” Hill said.

The National Board Certification process was launched in 1993 and developed by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS). It was designed to develop, retain and recognize accomplished teachers and to generate ongoing improvement in schools nationwide. Completion of National Board Certification signifies that teachers have developed and demonstrated the advanced knowledge, skills and practices required of an outstanding educator. The process is performance-based, peer-reviewed and built on high standards.

There are 25 certification areas that span grades prekindergarten through 12. Standards for each content area and developmental level are created by teachers and represent a consensus among educators about what accomplished, effective teachers should know and be able to do to improve student learning and achievement. The certification process consists of four components: written assessment of content knowledge, reflection on student work samples, video and analysis of teaching practice, and documented impact and accomplishments as a teaching professional.

The Charles County Public Schools staff newsletter, School News, will highlight one of the 31 CCPS National Board Certified Teachers in each edition starting May 23. School News editions are posted on the school system website at http://www.ccboe.com/newsletter.php. By receiving National Board Certification, Charles County teachers are eligible for a possible stipend added to their annual salary as long as they maintain their National Board Certification status. For more information on the National Board Certification process, visit www.nbpts.org.

The following teachers were honored during the ceremony for completing the National Board Certification process:

  • Melody Chazon, science teacher, North Point High School;
  • Denise Childers, English teacher, La Plata High School;
  • John Childers, social studies teacher, La Plata;
  • Christina Cockerham, special education teacher, Theodore G. Davis Middle School;
  • Monica Derencin, language arts teacher, Milton M. Somers Middle School;
  • Erin Gartland, science teacher, Somers;
  • Tracie Gregan, third-grade teacher, Dr. Samuel A. Mudd Elementary School;
  • Marcie Jett, special education teacher, Piccowaxen Middle School;
  • Aparna Joshi, gifted education teacher, Somers;
  • Michele King, gifted education teacher, Matthew Henson Middle School;
  • Kristen Lednum, fourth-grade teacher, Dr. Thomas L. Higdon Elementary School;
  • Gary Lesko, social studies teacher, North Point;
  • Mary Beth Long, second-grade teacher, William B. Wade Elementary School;
  • Pamela Mengel, third-grade teacher, Walter J. Mitchell Elementary School;
  • Janis Milman, science teacher, Thomas Stone High School;
  • Karen Moore, English teacher, Robert D. Stethem Educational Center;
  • Lauren Mudd, Spanish teacher, La Plata;
  • Lynn Nathan, gifted education teacher, General Smallwood Middle School;
  • Heather Neely, special education coordinator, Jesse. L. Starkey Administration Building;
  • Wendie Newcamp, gifted education teacher, Davis;
  • Shelly Posey, foreign language teacher, La Plata;
  • Jessica Pratta, social studies teacher, North Point;
  • James Ressler, English teacher, Westlake High School;
  • Mary Lee Sadler, content specialist for middle school mathematics, Starkey;
  • Jo Anne Shelak, science teacher, Davis;
  • Cary Smith, English teacher, North Point;
  • Beth Sorsby, reading resource teacher, Daniel of St. Thomas Jenifer Elementary;
  • Melissa Veneracion, English teacher, Stone;
  • Julie Verras, kindergarten teacher, Mary B. Neal Elementary School;
  • Lisa Wehausen, instructional specialist, William A. Diggs Elementary School; and
  • Melinda Wright, third-grade teacher, Mt. Hope/Nanjemoy Elementary School.

Charles County Public Schools provides 26,400 students in grades prekindergarten through 12 with an academically challenging education. Located in Southern Maryland, Charles County Public Schools has 35 schools that offer a technologically advanced, progressive and high quality education that builds character, equips for leadership and prepares students for life, careers and higher education.

The Charles County public school system does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, age or disability in its programs, activities or employment practices. For inquiries, please contact Dr. Patricia Vaira, Title IX Coordinator and Section 504 Coordinator (students) or Pamela Murphy, Section 504 Coordinator (employees/adults), at Charles County Public Schools, central office building, P.O. Box 2770, La Plata, Maryland 20646. 301-932-6610/301-870-3814. For special accommodations call 301-934-7230 or TDD 1-800-735-2258 two weeks prior to the event.

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