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16 teachers earn/renew National Board Certification
This is the image for the news article titled 16 teachers earn/renew National Board CertificationWayne County Public Schools is pleased to announce that 16 teachers have earned a National Board Certification for the first time or renewed their National Board Certification.

National Board Certification is granted by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, and is the most accepted symbol of teaching excellence in the United States. Individuals seeking National Board Certification must hold a bachelor’s degree; have completed three full years of teaching or counseling experience; and possess a valid state teaching or counseling license for that period of time.

“These teachers have worked hard to better themselves professionally, and demonstrated through the certification process that they are an accomplished educator,” states Dr. Yvette Smith Mason, Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources & Professional Development. “In addition to recognizing our newest National Board Certified teachers, each teacher who received certification for the first time will also be presented a $500.00 check from the district.”

The following teachers earned National Board Certification for the first time:

Kimberly Hughes, Charles B. Aycock High
Barbara Weber, Eastern Wayne High
Julie Fail, Grantham Elementary
Toni Tadlock, Mount Olive Middle
Mary Jo Sauls, Norwayne Midde
Melissa Wise, Rosewood Elementary
Rebekah Moore, Spring Creek Middle
Karri Jerrnigan,Tommy's Road Elementary

Earning certification is a challenging and time-consuming process. The assessment process for National Board Certification requires candidates to complete four components. Three components are portfolio based, which include artifacts of student work, videotaped lessons, collaboration, and assessment. The other component is an assessment of content knowledge and pedagogy at a computer-based testing center.

It is estimated that the process will take the better part of a school year and involve a total of 200-400 hours of work outside of the classroom. Locally, educators seeking certification receive support through the district’s Human Resources Department, which provides monthly support meetings and other resources as needed.

The following teachers renewed their National Board Certification:

Tyshaun Byrant, Brogden Primary
Coletta Campbell, Charles B. Aycock High
Mary Capen, Eastern Wayne Middle
Tammy Wallace, Fremont STARS Elementary
Gail Mason, Mount Olive Middle
Melissa Feddersen, Northeast Elementary
Stacie Fail, Northwest Elementary
Tammy Braswell, Spring Creek Elementary

Renewing a National Board Certification is also a challenging process, which requires candidates to demonstrate that they are accomplished and continuing to grow in their profession. Candidates must create and submit a Profile of Professional Growth (PPG) demonstrating how their practices continue to align with the Five Core Propositions in their certificate area. The PPG is a single submission composed of three interrelated components and a reflection. These components draw upon a single group of Professional Growth Experiences that have occurred during the candidate’s certification.

All total, the district has 133 National Board Certified teachers and counselors.
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