Forty-Six Teachers Receive National Board Certification Top Honor Brings Total to 251 in First State
Dover, Del. - November 30, 2004 The National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) has released the names of 8,056 teachers, among them 46 Delaware teachers, who have attained the highest professional credential-National Board Certification-for the 2003-2004 school year.
The 46 teachers, representing 13 of Delaware's 19 school districts and one charter school, bring to 251 the total of Delaware teachers who have earned this prestigious honor since the national program began during the 1993-1994 school year.
"I cannot say enough about the dedication of these 46 teachers, who spent an incredible amount of time and energy over the past year to achieve this national distinction," Governor Ruth Ann Minner said. "They obviously want the best for their students, and I am proud to have them as part of our Delaware public school system."
"I am very proud of these outstanding professionals," said Secretary of Education Valerie A. Woodruff. "The distinction of being 'National Board Certified' can only be attained through a tremendous amount of time, effort and discipline as well as being highly dedicated and motivated to the teaching profession. The Department of Education congratulates each of our newly-selected National Board Certified Teachers on a job well done!"
In order to become National Board Certified, a teacher must complete an innovative two-phase process. The first phase is conducted at the teacher's school where each teacher builds a portfolio which illustrates evidence of good teaching practice as well as demonstrating how their teaching meets the advanced standards in their fields. The portfolio is prepared according to instructions provided by the National Board and contains videotapes of classroom teaching, lesson plans, student work samples and written commentaries by each candidate that explains in detail what he or she is doing and why.
The second phase of the process involves a series of written exercises conducted at an assessment center. Exercises are designed around challenging teacher issues and include simulations of classroom practices, evaluating other teachers' practices, designing curriculum, assessing student learning and a teacher's subject matter knowledge.
The entire assessment process takes almost an entire school year, with each candidates spending nearly 300 hours on assessment activities.
A certificate from the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards is the highest honor the teaching profession has to bestow. The personal and professional rewards are significant, as most National Board Certification candidates attest. National Board Certified Teachers serve as role models and examples of what it means to be an accomplished teacher. In addition, they enjoy one of the biggest incentives: being recognized as a professional.
In Delaware, the Professional Development and Educator Accountability Act of 2000 authorizes a 12% increase in base pay for a period of ten years for each teacher who receives National Board Certification. Teachers who renew for National Board Certification will also be given the continuing 12% pay increase.
The Delaware Department of Education, current National Board Certified Teachers and the Delaware National Board Certified Teachers Association are involved in supporting candidates. Additionally, the Delaware's State Board of Education offers candidates a stipend of $100 to offset expenses incurred in developing their portfolios and/or preparing for the assessment center.
|Brandywine||Kristen Aiello||Mt. Pleasant Elementary||ECYA/ENS|
|Sara Jane Dunford||P.S. duPont Elementary||MC/Gen|
|Patricia Friel||ECYA/School Counseling|
|Wanda Lentz||Concord High||AYA/Science|
|Enid Holly VanSuch||Forwood Elementary||EC/Gen|
|Bonnie Wilson||P.S. duPont Elementary||EA/Science|
|Caesar Rodney||Nelle Coleman Cox||Dover Air Force Base Middle||EA/ELA|
|Darrell Gravatt||Caesar Rodney High||AYA/SS/History|
|Cape Henlopen||Vicki Friend||Shields Elementary||MC/Gen|
|Terry Kopple||Beacon Middle School||EA/SS/History|
|Kathy Lindemer||Savannah Ross Annex||ECYA/Library Media|
|Capital||Tammy Augustus||North Dover Elementary||MC/Gen|
|Cheryl Heslinga||Dover High||AYA/Science|
|Eleanor S. Marine||Hartly Elementary||MC/Gen|
|Charter School||Mary Elizabeth Coté||Charter School of Wilmington||AYA/Math|
|Christina||Mary Ciamaricone||Kirk Middle||EA/ELA|
|Karen R. Dipres||McVey Elementary||EC/Gen|
|Kenneth Drier||Delaware Autism Program||ECYA/ENS|
|Thomas Lundy||Christiana High||EAYA/CATE|
|Judith K. McCord||Marshall Elementary||EC/Gen|
|Judi Lee Newman||Wilson Elementary||EC/Gen|
|Joan Rubens||McVey Elementary||EC/Gen|
|Colonial||Elaine Butterfoss||Castle Hills Elementary||EMC/Literacy: RLA|
|Kathy Rolland||Southern Elementary||EC/Gen|
|Indian River||Karen Fabryka||Lord Baltimore Elementary||EC/Gen|
|Joanne Gichner||Lord Baltimore Elementary||EC/Gen|
|Patrica Jennings||Selbyville Middle||ECYA/ENS|
|Clifford Lawson||Sussex Central High||EAYA/CATE|
|Wendy Murray||Lord Baltimore Elementary||EC/Gen|
|Mary Norton||North Georgetown Elementary||EMC/ENA|
|Karen Willey||Sussex Central Middle||EA/ELA|
|Milford||Linda Braswell||Lulu Ross Elementary||EC/Gen|
|NCCo Vo-Tech||Jennifer Kennedy||Hodgson Vo-Tech High||ECYA/ENS|
|Mary An Scarbrough||Hodgson Vo-Tech High||AYA/ELA|
|Red Clay||Mary Theresa Caputo||Stanton Middle||EA/Math|
|Leslie Grant||Brandywine Springs Elementary||EMC/Music|
|David Kelleher||Forest Oak Elementary||EMC/Art|
|Deborah Minchini||McKean High||ECYA/School Counseling|
|Joanne Monaco||Heritage Elementary||ECYA/ENS|
|Lorraine Poling||McKean High||EAYA/Art|
|Seaford||Thomas Keeton||Seaford High||EAYA/CATE|
|Samuel D. Ritts||Seaford High||EAYA/CATE|
|Smyrna||Angie Lightcap-Hewes||Smyrna High||EAYA/CATE|
|Keith Shane||Smyrna High||EAYA/CATE|
|Russell Stinson||Smyrna High||EAYA/CATE|
|Woodbridge||Frederick Brock||Woodbridge High||EAYA/CATE|
|AYA||Adolescence and Young Adulthood|
|CATE||Career And Technical Education|
|EAYA||Early Adolescence through Young Adulthood|
|ECYA||Early Childhood through Young Adulthood|
|ELA||English Language Arts|
|EMC||Early and Middle Childhood|
|ENA||English as a New Language|
|ENS||Exceptional Needs Specialist|
|RLA||Reading Language Arts|
|WLOE||World Language Other than English|
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