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Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Thirteen FCPS Teachers Earn National Board Certification in 2012

Thirteen Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) teachers earned certification from the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) in 2012.

The board-certified FCPS teachers, with their schools in parentheses, are:  Courtney Dearinger, Stefanie Guffey, and Kathleen Dion Mathis (Annandale High School); Laura Bowman and Catherine Giacomo (Bailey’s Elementary School for the Arts and Sciences); Janine Stegall (Belvedere Elementary School); Cosette Loach (Frost Middle School); Richard Hoppock (Hayfield Secondary School); David Pietzman (Lane Elementary School); Laura Saccente (Liberty Middle School); Lauren Price (Mount Eagle Elementary School); Brian Crosson (South Lakes High School); and Kristin Zimmerman (Union Mill Elementary School).

In addition, the following board-certified teachers have renewed their board certification for an additional ten years: Jennifer Orr (Annandale Terrace Elementary School); Nadine Bolkhovitinov (Cherry Run Elementary School);  Joseph Adelman (Edison High School); Randy Miller (Glasgow Middle School); Tracy Hamilton (Hollin Meadows Elementary School); Tanya Siwik (Kings Park Elementary School); Theresa Charles (Lake Braddock Secondary School); Barbara Adams (Mount Eagle Elementary School); and Kathleen Nealon (North Springfield Elementary School).

The teachers—from FCPS elementary, middle, high, and secondary schools—have worked toward certification with their cohort over an 18-month candidacy program. The teachers become reflective practitioners as they practice continued and intense professional development and learn how to deepen their subject-matter knowledge as well as become more skillful in daily classroom instruction and student assessment in order to improve student learning. NBPTS certification, the highest credential a teacher can earn, complements, and does not replace, state licensing requirements.

National Board Certification is achieved upon successful completion of a voluntary assessment program designed to recognize effective and accomplished teachers who meet high standards based on what teachers should know and be able to do. National Board Certification is available nationwide for most preK–12 teachers. As part of the certification process, candidates complete ten assessments that are reviewed by trained teachers in their certificate areas. The assessments include four portfolio entries that feature teaching practice and six constructed response exercises that assess content knowledge.

To be eligible to apply for board certification, a teacher must hold a baccalaureate degree, have taught for at least three years, and have held a valid state teaching license in his or her state for at least three years.  

During the 2012-13 school year, a total of 347 board-certified teachers are working as leaders in the FCPS classroom or in administrative positions to support students as they strive to acquire 21st century skills.   

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