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CCSD Among State Leaders for Board Certified Teachers - January 14, 2013

The Charleston County School District (CCSD) is among the top five districts statewide for total number of National Board Certified Teachers (NBCTs), with 18 new certifications added in 2012, bringing the total to 487. Data suggests that NBCT teachers strengthen student achievement and outperform their peers with the same level of experience.

“I want to congratulate our newest NBCT certified teachers for their hard work and commitment to professional development through the certification process,” says CCSD Superintendent Dr. Nancy McGinley. “I encourage all of our teachers to consider this opportunity for reflection and evaluation. Increased certification can help us get yet another step closer to achieving our Vision 2016 goals.”

The 18 newly-certified CCSD teachers are:

Abigail West, Charles Pinckney Elementary
Allie Tronoski, Daniel Jenkins Creative Learning Center
Amy Coleman, Ladson Elementary
Barbara Smith, Laurel Hill Primary
Heather Butt, A.C. Corcoran Elementary
Jennifer Cutchins-Nimocks, North Charleston Creative Arts Elementary
Jessica Nackel, Pepperhill Elementary
Kathleen Thomas, St James-Santee Elementary
Kimberly Mason, R.B. Stall High
Lisa Laughlin, St Andrews Math and Science
Lori Carroll, Wando High
Margaret Houk, Moultrie Middle
Michelle Martin , Mitchell Math and Science
Nancy Dabit, Moultrie Middle
Rachele Box, Lambs Elementary
Sara Buckley, St Andrew's Middle
Sarah Buxton, Laurel Hill Primary
Sharon Herring, Laurel Hill Primary

South Carolina remains third in the nation for the total number of National Board Certified Teachers (NBCTs) after 291 South Carolina educators representing 39 school districts earned National Board Certification (NBC) in 2012, according to data released last week by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS).

There are now over 100,000 NBCTs in the United States. With the addition of this new group of NBCTs, South Carolina increases its total to 8,436, trailing only North Carolina and Florida.

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, assess their understanding of subject material and examine 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 prove they have mastered the subjects they teach and also possess the skills to teach them.

Teachers interested in pursuing the certification for the 2013-14 National Board cycle can access further information on the South Carolina Center for Educator Recruitment, Retention and Advancement (CERRA) Website at www.cerra.org.