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Area teachers earn National Board Certification for 2012

Jan. 11, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

CHARLESTON -- Sixty-one West Virginia teachers have earned National Board Certification for 2012, including several from Cabell, Putnam and Mason counties.

National Board Certification is considered the highest credential in the teaching profession. The new additions increase the number of National Board Certified teachers in West Virginia schools to 696.

Among the local teachers to receive the certification include: Rebecca L. Harden, Teresa Kay Hatfield and Kathleen Cook Turner, Cabell County; Patricia Faye Childers, Lincoln County; Jodie Todd Roush, Mason County; and Holly Jeanine Hoover, Courtney S. Ruppert and Rachelle Williams, Putnam County.

While state licensing systems set basic requirements to teach in each state, National Board Certified teachers have demonstrated advanced teaching knowledge, skills and practices. Certification is achieved through a performance-based assessment that typically takes one to three years to complete. As part of the process, teachers build a portfolio that includes student work samples, assignments, videotapes and an analysis of their classroom teaching. Additionally, teachers are assessed on their knowledge of the subjects they teach.