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CCSD makes list of top 20 districts nationwide for number of new board certified teachers

  • Thursday, January 23, 2014

230 SC Educators Earn National Board Certs in 2013


The Charleston County School District (CCSD) has made the national Top 20 list for districts with the highest total number of new National Board Certified Teachers (NBCTs), with 21 new certifications added in 2013, bringing the overall total to 508. Data suggests that NBCT teachers strengthen student achievement and outperform their peers with the same level of experience.

“I want to congratulate our newest NBCT certified teachers for their hard work and commitment to professional development through the certification process,” says CCSD Superintendent Dr. Nancy McGinley. “Our district’s appearance on this national list is due to their dedication to the profession, and I thank them for modeling excellence in teaching.”


The 21 NBCT newly-certified CCSD teachers are:

Amy Ball James Island Charter High

Krista Cornehl Academic Magnet High

Anne Croom Fort Johnson Middle

Jaime Cunningham Liberty Hill Academy

Robin Danish Montessori Community School of Charleston

Lucia DiCaprio Garrett Academy of Technology

Wendy Gainey St. Andrew’s Elementary

Shelly Goughnour Harbor View Elementary

Kathleen Hall Harbor View Elementary

Jessica Hervey James B. Edwards Elementary

Mary Hughes Moultrie Middle

Andree Jaynes Pepperhill Elementary

Laura Kammauf St. Andrews Elementary

Jason Kraege Pinehurst Elementary

Anna Merriman Academic Magnet High

Kate O’Leary Pinehurst Elementary

Teresa Picciotto Ashley River Creative Arts Elementary

Kelly Porter Springfield Elementary

Andrea Stewart Stono Park Elementary

Scott Trottier Cario Middle

Joanna Wolff Pepperhill Elementary


South Carolina remains one of the nation’s leading states for the total number of National Board Certified Teachers (NBCTs) after 230 South Carolina educators representing 39 school districts earned National Board Certification (NBC) in 2013, according to data released this week by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS).

With the addition of this new group of NBCTs, South Carolina now has 8,663 NBCTs. North Carolina continues to lead the nation with 20,122. Florida is second with 13,670.

In addition to the 230 newly certified teachers, 372 NBCTs renewed their certificates in 2013.

Teachers seeking National Board Certification undertake a two-part process that takes from one to three years to complete. The process requires candidates to reflect on their classroom practices, assess their understanding of subject material and examine their preparation techniques. In addition to preparing a portfolio with videotapes of classroom teaching, lesson plans, student work samples and reflective essays, teachers must complete assessment center exercises based on content knowledge that prove they have mastered the subjects they teach and also possess the skills to teach them.

“The National Board Certification process provides a framework for deep analysis of all aspects of teaching and learning. Candidates must demonstrate clear, consistent, and convincing evidence that they understand and apply best practices related to setting instructional goals, planning and facilitating lessons, assessing students, and collaborating with families and other professionals,” said Jenna Hallman, Assistant Director at The Center for Educator Recruitment, Retention, and Advancement (CERRA).

CERRA provides numerous National Board awareness sessions and an array of candidate support workshops to assist educators in the process of certification. Their infrastructure of support, organized by Hallman, also includes a district liaison in each of the state’s 84 school districts and collaboration with other state agencies including the State Department of Education, The South Carolina Education Association, and Palmetto State Teachers Association.

Teachers interested in pursuing the certification for the 2014-15 National Board cycle can access further information on the CERRA Website at nationalboardsc.com.

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