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WCS Teachers Earn National Board Certification PDF Print
Written by Adam Hicks   
Thursday, 11 December 2008 07:42

Eleven more teachers in the Watauga County Schools have earned National Board Certification, which is the highest professional credential available in the teaching profession.


According to Marshall Ashcraft of Watauga County Schools, the newly certified teachers include Edyth Berry, Debbie Glover, and Amber McArthur-Cooper of Valle Crucis School; Amanda Burleson and Gene Moore from Parkway; Scotty Ellerbe and Robin Isaacs of Watauga High School; Amy Hiatt of Hardin Park; art teacher Jill Huffman of Mabel and Valle Crucis and music teacher Joy Pritchett of Cove Creek and Mabel; and Christy Welch of Mabel.


These teachers bring the total number of Watauga County Schools teachers and administrators with National Board Certification to 80.  This represents approximately 18% of teachers and administrators in the system, which is well above the state average.


Ashcraft said that achieving National Board Certification is a demanding and completely voluntary process in which teachers invest hundreds of hours of additional effort above and beyond their normal workload to complete the required assessments and documents.


Board Certified teachers are given a 12% raise for the ten year life of the certification.


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