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School board recognizes teachers who have earned certification

February 22, 2011
  • Recognized Monday night by the Berkeley County Board of Education for receiving National Board Certification were teachers, front row from left, Jeremy Knight, Martinsburg South Middle School; Brandy Butcher, Hedgesville High School; Erin Sponaugle, Tomahawk Intermediate School; and Deborah Stevens, Musselman High School. Back row from left are Berkeley County Board of Education members Dr. William Queen, Richard "Rick" Pill, Darin Gilpin and Todd M. Beckwith.
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MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — The Berkeley County Board of Education Monday night recognized four teachers who recently earned National Board Certification.

Brandy Butcher, Jeremy Knight, Deborah Stevens and Erin Sponaugle were among 86 teachers in West Virginia last year to achieve the professional teaching excellence standard, according to the West Virginia Department of Education.

The four teachers' addition to the rolls increase the number of nationally certified teachers employed by Berkeley County Schools to 26, ranking fifth among the state's 55 counties, according to the state. Wood County has the most, with 68 teachers, followed by Cabell (49), Monongalia (42) and Putnam counties (28).

Jefferson County teacher Kelly Heldreth was the only other Eastern Panhandle educator to recently achieve the teaching standard, according to state education officials.

While state licensing systems set basic requirements to teach in each state, National Board Certified teachers have successfully demonstrated advanced teaching knowledge, skills and practices, according to state education officials.

Certification is achieved through a rigorous, 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 a thorough analysis of their classroom teaching.

Additionally, teachers are assessed on their knowledge of the subjects they teach.

 Founded in 1987, the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards is an independent, nonprofit, nonpartisan, nongovernmental organization.

National Board Certification is a voluntary assessment program designed to recognize and reward great teachers and make them better, according to the state Department of Education.

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