District 2 Teachers Recognized for New and Renewed Status
Nationwide this year, 1,826 teachers earned National Board Certification and 2,903 renewed Board Certification. South Carolina added 84 new National Board Certified Teachers (NBCTs) and 341 renewed NBCTs. The state maintains its ranking as number three in the nation in terms of total numbers of NBCTs (8,863). South Carolina is currently number two in the nation in terms of the percentage of total teachers who are Board Certified (18.41%). At the Spartanburg School District Two February Board Meeting, nine teachers were recognized as the latest group of District Two faculty to achieve new or renewed National Board certification:
1. Brooke Powell, Chesnee Elementary
2. Judith Arnold, Chesnee Middle
3. Robin Brannon, Hendrix Elementary
4. Karen Brown, Boiling Springs High
5. Melanie Campbell, Boiling Springs Elementary
6. Jana Curry, Boiling Springs Elementary
7. Katherine Hughey, Mayo Elementary
8. Angela Ramsey, Chesnee High
9. Jennifer Waddell, Boiling Springs High
National Board Certification typically takes one to three years to complete and measures what accomplished teachers should know and be able to do. 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.
All 50 states, the District of Columbia, and more than 700 local school districts recognize National Board Certification as a mark of distinction, similar to the way the medical, engineering and accounting professions recognize expertise. The National Board process defines the knowledge, skills and accomplishments that symbolize teaching excellence.