02/07/14 — Two county teachers earn National Board certification

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Two county teachers earn National Board certification

By Phyllis Moore
Published in News on February 7, 2014 1:46 PM

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Amanda Minshew

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Two teachers in Wayne County Public Schools have earned National Board Certification and were recognized by the Wayne County Board of Education earlier this week.

National Board Certification is granted by the National Board of Professional Teaching Standards, the most accepted symbol of teaching excellence in the nation, school board member Eddie Radford said.

"Individuals seeking National Board Certification must hold a bachelor's degree, have completed three full years of teaching or counseling experience, and possess a valid state teaching or counseling license for that period of time," he said.

The process to obtain the honor is a challenging and time-consuming one, he added. The assessment requires candidates to complete two major components, a portfolio of classroom practice including samples of student work and videotapes of teacher instruction and an assessment of content knowledge administered at a computer-based testing center. On average, the process can take the better part of a school year and involve a total of 200 to 400 hours of work outside of the classroom.

Amanda Minshew, a kindergarten teacher at Rosewood Elementary School, and Stacey Robinson, first-grade teacher at Northeast Elementary School, are the latest local educators to join the ranks of those with the National Board Certification.

"This brings Wayne County Public Schools' total number of board-certified teachers and counselors to 155," Radford said.

The district presented each of the recipients with a $500 check.