By WVEA Staff
Sixty-nine West Virginia teachers received National Board Certification for the first time in 2013-2014. Sixteen of them are members of the West Virginia Education Association.
Across the country, more than 4,000 teachers achieved National Board Certification in 2013-2014 through a performance-based, peer-review process.
The National Board for Professional Teaching Standards is an independent, nonprofit, nonpartisan, non-governmental organization. Its mission is to establish rigorous standards for what accomplished teachers should know and be able to do.
West Virginia now has 825 National Board Certified Teachers (NBCTs), which is 25th best in the nation. Its number of new NBCTs, however, ranked the state 15th-best for growth in newly certified teachers.
Lily Eskelsen García, president of the National Education Association, saluted the new NBCTs in a statement:
"National Board Certification is one of many pathways for teachers to be recognized as accomplished practitioners in their profession. It's so much more than a certificate that hangs on a wall or an acronym after a teacher's name. It's a challenging process that allows good teachers to reflect on their practices—what works and what they can improve upon. We salute our members who have invested themselves in this rigorous process and are excited about what it means for the students they serve."
The new NBCTS who are WVEA members are: Stefinie Aversa, Berkeley County; Erin Butler, Berkeley County; Patricia Henderson, Ohio County; Natalie Kaminski, Berkeley County; Alexandrea Kellermeyer, Mineral County; Daphne Lemasters, Jackson County; Vanessa Licwovchannell, Randolph County; Heidi Markish, Hancock County; Stacey McClintock, Mineral County; Joseph Nesselroad, Wood County; Caitlin Pcholinsky, Boone County; Valerie Pereira, Raleigh County; Daric Piraino, Mineral County; Kelly Robbins, Berkeley County; Elvira Stanescu, Monongalia County; and Karen Weigle, Berkeley County.
Nineteen other West Virginia teachers also renewed their National Board Certification during the last school year.
WVEA wants to congratulate these teachers for their impressive achievement.