13 Oldham teachers added to National Board Certified ranks

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Certification takes one to three years

By Jacquelyn Stoess Hack

Thirteen Oldham County teachers are now part of the National Board Certification ranks, a certification process synonymous with great teaching.

While state teacher credentialing programs set the basic requirements to teach in each state, National Board Certified Teachers must demonstrate advanced teaching knowledge, skills and practices.

A voluntary assessment program designed to develop, retain and recognize accomplished teachers, and to embed ongoing school improvement in schools nationwide, National Board Certification is achieved through performance-based assessment and testing that takes one to three years to complete.

Completion of the  certification process signifies that teachers have developed and demonstrated the skills required of an accomplished education professional.

Since 2000, 159 Oldham County Schools' teachers have achieved National Board Certification.

Oldham County Schools' newest National Board Certified Teachers include Jeremy Anderson, social studies – history/early adolescence, Crestwood; Kasey Anderson, literacy – reading-language arts/early and middle childhood, Goshen; Kristin Cantrell, English language arts/early adolescence, Crestwood; Emily Doyle, literacy – reading-language arts/early and middle childhood, Buckner; Amy James, science/adolescence and young adulthood, Crestwood; Katherine Nitzken, English language arts/adolescence and young adulthood, Crestwood; Joseph Percefull, mathematics/early adolescence, Buckner; Elizabeth PoPelka, mathematics/early adolescence, Crestwood; Kevin Puckett, literacy – reading-language arts/early and middle childhood, Buckner; Haley Reed, music/early adolescence through young adulthood, Crestwood; Kristin Schaefer, generalist/early childhood, Buckner; Deborah Sloan, generalist/middle childhood, Crestwood; and David Wallace, generalist/middle childhood, Prospect.

National Board Certification – the "gold standard" for teaching excellence – was celebrated Dec. 8 at a White House event heralding the newest class of 6,200 board certified teachers, which brings to nearly 100,000 the total number of board certified teachers in the U.S.

"National board certification is synonymous with great teaching. While our nation is focused on the need for the highest quality teachers, board certification truly is the gold standard," said Ronald Thorpe, president and CEO of the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards.

Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and White House Domestic Policy Director Melody Barnes welcomed a group of the newly certified teachers to the White House Dec. 8 with remarks focused on how the National Board process can lead to improved instruction and enhanced leadership in the profession.

Thorpe referred to two recent studies showing that more than half (55 percent) of all board certified teachers work in high-need schools (according to the National Center for Education Statistics) and to a National Research Council report that found students who were taught by board certified teachers show higher gains on achievement tests than those taught by other teachers.