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Ten Chatham County teachers among newly National Board certified

By Beth Snider
Posted Wednesday, January 7, 2004

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Ten teachers in Chatham County Schools are among 8,195 elementary and secondary school teachers nationwide who achieved National Board Certification in 2003, according to the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS). This achievement brings the total number of National Board Certified Teachers® (NBCTs) to 32,130.

Four teachers at Northwood High School, Phyllis Bazzari, Becky Lee, Phillip Little, and Sandra Waters, completed the National Board Certification in 2003. They are joined by Amy Beavers of Bennett School, Shawn Dermady of Pittsboro Elementary School, Terri Fannin of Perry Harrison School, Cindy Gurley of Chatham Middle School, Phyllis Haga of Silk Hope School, and Donna Melpolder of Horton Middle School as the most recent group of county educators to complete the requirements for the certification.

Dr. Larry Mabe, Superintendent of Chatham County Schools, said, "We are happy for and proud of our newest group of teachers who have earned National Board Certification. All of the effort they dedicated to achieving this professional status brings additional confidence and competence to their work with our students. We now have a total of twenty-six teachers working in our school system who have completed the rigorous requirements and others who are currently pursuing National Board Certification."

"NBPTS celebrates and congratulates all teachers who went through the rigorous National Board Certification process," says NBPTS Board Chair Roy E. Barnes. "This impressive achievement is widely recognized at the national, state and local levels as a benchmark for teacher quality. This is also an indication that policymakers, educators, business and community leaders, and parents recognize that when it comes to a quality education, quality teaching matters."

Founded 16 years ago, NBPTS is an independent, nonprofit, nonpartisan and non-governmental organization dedicated to advancing the quality of teaching and learning. National Board Certification is the highest credential in the teaching profession. A voluntary process established by NBPTS, certification is achieved through a rigorous performance-based assessment that takes between one and three years to complete and measures what accomplished teachers should know and be able to do.

"Teacher quality has never been more important, and the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) is the only organization of its kind helping states to identify and certify highly accomplished teachers," says NBPTS President Joseph A. Aguerrebere. "Through National Board Certified Teachers, states and communities are realizing the enormous benefits of using National Board Certification as a tool to attract, reward and retain highly accomplished teachers as required by the federal No Child Left Behind Act."

Forty-nine states and more than 500 school districts across the nation have implemented policies and regulations to recruit, reward and retain National Board Certified Teachers. "In this environment of economic concern, the National Board is extremely grateful to the growing number of states, school districts and municipalities that support National Board Certification and the impact it has on the teaching profession and improved student learning," says Barnes.

"National Board Certified Teachers distinguish themselves in the field of education by their dedication to their profession and their demonstrated abilities in the classroom," says Edward B. Rust, Jr., chairman and CEO of State Farm Insurance Companies®. "As a member of the business community, we will continue to support the National Board because we know that creating more opportunities for teachers to attain this credential will help lead to a stronger teaching force, higher student achievement and an economy that benefits from skilled and productive citizens."

"It is important to understand that the National Board Certification process not only identifies accomplished teachers, but also is a profound professional development experience," says Aguerrebere. "This is a process that forces teachers to demonstrate how their activities, both inside and outside of the classroom, improve student achievement."

In its effort to measure the impact of National Board Certification and the effects of NBCTs on the quality of teaching and student achievement in America's schools, NBPTS has engaged in an independent, rigorous research agenda. There have been more than 140 studies, reports and papers commissioned on the value of the National Board Certification process, as well as its standards and assessments. Findings and results from a number of research studies are expected to be completed in 2004 and 2005.

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