April 24, 2012
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Gastonia, N.C. – The National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) recently named 25 Gaston County teachers to the elite group of 1,243 educators in North Carolina who earned National Board Certification this year. Ten GCS teachers renewed their certification this year. A total of 335 Gaston County public school teachers have met these rigorous standards and achieved National Board Certification. The Board of Education honored this year’s National Board Certified Teachers at a reception held today at the City Club of Gastonia.
The members of the class of 2011-2012 are listed below
- Phillip All – Social Studies Teacher – Highland School of Technology
- Shara Beatty – Third Grade Teacher – Rankin Elementary School
- Ellen Bolin – Kindergarten Teacher – New Hope Elementary
- Ernie Bridges – Career Dev. and Internship/Apprenticeship Coord. – East Gaston High
- Kelly Bridges – Business Education Teacher – South Point High School
- Kelly Carpenter – Fourth Grade Teacher – Kiser Elementary School
- Amanda Demeio – Instructional Facilitator – Chapel Grove and North Belmont
- Allison Engler – Fourth Grade Teacher – Hawks Nest Intermediate
- Vicky English – First Grade Teacher – Sadler Elementary School
- Shannon Froehlich – School Counselor – Ashbrook High School
- Jennifer M. Gallagher – Business Ed. Teacher – Highland School of Technology
- Stephanie Gigliotti – Seventh Grade Math – W.C. Friday Middle School
- Kelly Givens – Adapted Phy. Ed.Teacher – Department of Exceptional Children
- Lezlie Hill – Business Education Teacher – Hunter Huss High School
- Joy Laney – Kindergarten Teacher – Sadler Elementary School
- Kimberly Lasher – Second Grade Teacher – W.A. Bess Elementary School
- Jennifer Ledford – Mathematics Teacher – South Point High School
- DeEtte Mann – Fourth Grade Teacher – Tryon Elementary School
- Elizabeth A. Miller – School Counselor – W.C. Friday Middle School
- Anissa Mobley – Exceptional Children Teacher – South Point High School
- Stacy Jay Moss – Seventh Grade Soc. Studies/Science Teacher – Chavis Middle School
- Allison Park – Kindergarten Teacher – Chapel Grove Elementary School
- Diane Willis Reeves – Library Media Coordinator – East Gaston High School
- Timothy Stiles – Visual Arts Teacher – Ashbrook High School
- Katie Thomas – Kindergarten Teacher – Carr Elementary School
Superintendent L. Reeves McGlohon said, “To achieve National Board Certification is a very difficult and strenuous assessment process in which a teacher examines every aspect of his or her own teaching methods. This is an exemplary accomplishment, and we are extremely proud and honored at this recognition for these teachers. They are truly models for all educators.”
Teachers earning National Board Certification must demonstrate their knowledge and skills through an extensive yearlong series of performance-based assessments, which includes teaching portfolios, student work samples, videotapes and rigorous analyses of their classroom teaching. Teachers also complete a series of written exercises.
What is unique about National Board Certification is that it assesses not only the knowledge teachers possess, but also the actual use of their skills and professional judgment in the classroom.
National Board Certification is offered to teachers on a voluntary basis. While state licensing systems set requirements to teach in each state, National Board Certification establishes high and rigorous advanced standards for experienced teachers to demonstrate accomplished practice. A National Board Certificate is valid for 10 years.
The Board for Professional Teaching Standards is a nonprofit, independent organization whose mission is to establish high and rigorous standards for what accomplished teachers should know and be able to do. A board of directors, the majority of whom are classroom teachers, governs the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards.
In North Carolina, National Board Certified teachers receive a 12 percent salary increase for the ten-year term of a National Board Certificate. Gaston County also awards National Board Certified teachers a one-time $1,000 bonus.
To view a slideshow of photos from the 2011-2012 National Board Certified Teachers reception, please click here.