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Local teachers earn National Board certification, renewal

posted Feb 2, 2015, 6:09 PM by Greg Shull
Two Cleveland County teachers are among many in the state who achieved certification recently by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards.

Miranda Sanders of Springmore Elementary and Anna Watson of Kings Mountain High are among 198 in the district, 527 in the state, and 4,158 in the country earning National Board certification during 2014. Also, 10 local educators were renewed as NB certified. More than 198 teachers, counselors and media specialists in Cleveland County Schools – some 15 percent of those eligible - have earned this most prestigious credential in the teaching profession.

Nationally, 110,447 teachers are NB certified including 20,611 in North Carolina – the most of any state. N.C. teachers who earn National Board certification receive continuing education credits and a salary supplement that is good for the 10-year life of the initial certification.

North Carolina supports teachers pursuing National Board Certification by providing low-interest loans to pay the $2,500 assessment fee and three paid release days from normal teacher responsibilities to develop their portfolios.

Teachers achieve certification through a rigorous performance-based assessment that typically takes from one to three years to complete and measures what accomplished teachers and counselors should know and be able to do. As a part of the process, candidates build a portfolio that includes student work samples, assignments, videotapes and a thorough analysis of their classroom teaching. Certification is currently available to educators in 25 fields.

The renewed NB Certified educators are as follows:
  • Callie Ashley of Crest Middle
  • Windy Bagwell of Kings Mountain Middle 
  • Brian Blow of Marion Elementary
  • Heather Eaker of Crest Middle
  • Gina Gold of Shelby Middle
  • Julie Hux of Crest Middle
  • Lisa May of Kings Mountain Middle 
  • Jacqueline Peeler of Crest Middle
  • Angela Sims of Casar Elementary
  • Sarah Triplett of Boiling Springs Elementary