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More Watauga County Teachers Achieve National Board Certification PDF Print
Written by Adam Hicks   
Thursday, 31 December 2009 06:42

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


The newly certified teachers are Parkway’s Susan Coffey, Valle Crucis’ Leslie Howser, Hardin Park’s Brook Huffman, Watauga High’s Debra Norville, and Mabel’s Jeanie Ward.

Three Watauga County Schools teachers also achieved their renewed certification.

WCS’ community relations director, Marshall Ashcraft, said, “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.  The process includes submission of teaching portfolios, student work samples, videotapes, and written materials that assess teachers’ knowledge of their subject matter and their grasp of how to teach the subject to students.”

Ashcraft said 85 teachers and administrators in Watauga Count Schools have the National Board Certification, which is good for around 20 percent of the teachers and administrators in the system.  Ashcraft said 20 percent is much higher than the state average.


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