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14 KCSD teachers earn NB certification

Posted: January 14, 2014 3:06 p.m.
Updated: January 15, 2014 5:00 a.m.

Fourteen Kershaw County educators -- two first time applicants and 12 renewals -- have earned the highest credential available in the teaching profession, bringing the total number of Kershaw County School District (KCSD) employees who are National Board certified to 130.

“This is an extremely rigorous process to undergo and a tremendous honor to receive,” KCSD Superintendant Dr. Frank Morgan said in a press release. “I commend and congratulate these persons for undertaking and achieving this certification.”

Doby’s Mill Elementary School teacher Lauren Grice and Lugoff-Elgin High School teacher Susan Morris achieved National Board certification this school year.

Twelve previously National Board-certified employees renewed their certification after their initial 10-year periods. These persons were Estelle Benson, Fran Miller Goodwin, Tonya Jackson and Margie Shelburg, Blaney Elementary School; Martha Gantt, Camden Elementary School; Amy Speaks, Camden High School; Sherry Lee, Lydia MacKenzie and Lucy Ross, Camden Middle School; Andrea Derrick and Stephanie Jones, Doby’s Mill Elementary School; and Gina Yount, Lugoff-Elgin Middle School.

According to the district, 18 percent of its teaching force is National Board certified.

National Board certification is a voluntary process established by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards. 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, their understanding of subject material and 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 proves they have mastered the subjects they teach and also know how to teach them.

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