CHARLESTON- Four area teachers are among 53 West Virginia educators who have earned their National Board Certification.
The announcement was made Tuesday in Charleston by the West Virginia Department of Education and the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards. West Virginia ranks 20th in the number of teachers who certified this year.
The total number of National Board Certified Teachers (NBCT) in the state is 749, making it 25th in the nation.
Among the certified teachers were Kelley Adcock of Jackson County and Linda Hindman, Candace Lewis and Vicki Ruble of Wood County.
"We're thrilled to celebrate the achievement of our new NBCTs," said state Superintendent of Schools Jim Phares. "Their achievement is not only a testament to their hard work, determination and impact on their students' learning, it is a reflection of the state's strong commitment to supporting all teachers in their pursuit of National Board Certification."
"Achieving National Board Certification is not only a great personal achievement, it is a strong statement about a teacher's commitment to the profession and to students and their learning," said Ronald Thorpe, president and CEO of the National Board.
Berkeley County leads this year's list of newly certified teachers with 16 new NBCTs, bringing its total to 60, passing Cabell County for second place for counties with the most NBCTs. Wood County certified four teachers this year and keeps the top spot in the state in total number of NBCTs per county with 86.
Founded in 1987, the NBPTS is an independent, nonprofit, non-partisan, non-governmental organization. Its mission is to establish high and rigorous standards for what accomplished teachers should know and be able to do. National Board Certification is a voluntary assessment program designed to recognize and reward great teachers, as well as make them better.
For more information about NBPTS and National Board Certification, visit www.nbpts.org.