Congratulations to VBCPS’ newest National Board Certified Teachers

Congratulations to the school division’s 24 newest National Board Certified Teachers (NBCT) as well as those who renewed their certifications. NBCTs received their notifications in December while staff receiving renewals were notified in October.

These newest honorees now bring the school division’s total of NBCTs to 144 – the fourth highest in the Commonwealth. This prestigious distinction is a symbol of professional teaching excellence that takes anywhere from three to five years to complete and is based on rigorous standards for what accomplished teachers should know and be able to do.

Congratulations to our newest NBCTs:

Sarah Borges
Second-grade teacher, Thalia Elementary School
Generalist/Early Childhood certificate

Kim Burnette
English teacher, Green Run High School
English Language Arts/Adolescence and Young Adulthood certificate

Mary Keesha Chatman
Second-grade teacher, Birdneck Elementary School
Generalist/Early Childhood certificate

Jacqueline Cochran
Fifth-grade teacher, Christopher Farms Elementary School
Literacy: Reading-Language Arts/Early and Middle Childhood certificate

Barbara Duncan
English teacher, First Colonial High School
English Language Arts/Adolescence and Young Adulthood certificate

Elizabeth Dupont
Science teacher, Salem High School
Science/Adolescence and Young Adulthood certificate

Kathy Ferrell
Guidance Department Chair, Green Run High School
School Counseling/Early Childhood through Young Adulthood certificate

Rebecca Fritzinger
Sixth-grade teacher, Old Donation School
English Language Arts/Early Adolescence certificate

Carol Holt
English teacher, Green Run High School
English Language Arts/Adolescence and Young Adulthood certificate

Rebecca Howell
Third-grade teacher, Three Oaks Elementary School
Literacy: Reading-Language Arts/Early and Middle Childhood certificate

Adrienne Kravchak
Gifted resource teacher, White Oaks Elementary School
Generalist/Middle Childhood certificate

Kelly Lepkowski
Emotional disability teacher, Corporate Landing Middle School
Exceptional Needs Specialist/Early Childhood through Young Adulthood certificate

Kathleen Mendoza
Third-grade teacher, Tallwood Elementary School
Generalist/Middle Childhood certificate

Jennifer Nardelli
English teacher, Cox High School
English Language Arts/Adolescence and Young Adulthood certificate

Wendy Newman
Sixth-grade teacher, Old Donation School
English Language Arts/Early Adolescence certificate

Amy Paulson
Title I resource teacher, Seatack Elementary School
Literacy: Reading-Language Arts/Early and Middle Childhood certificate

Kathleen Scarano
Second-grade teacher, Linkhorn Park Elementary School
Generalist/Early Childhood certificate

Elaine Shindelar
Kindergarten teacher, Pembroke Meadows Elementary School
Generalist/Early Childhood certificate

Corbin Pinto
Music – vocal teacher, Bayside High School
Music/Early Adolescence through Young Adulthood certificate

Kristen Shuman
Reading specialist, Windsor Woods Elementary School
Literacy: Reading-Language Arts/Early and Middle Childhood certificate

Tania Vadala
Third-grade teacher, Bayside Elementary School
Literacy: Reading-Language Arts/Early and Middle Childhood certificate

Heather Williams
Science teacher, Salem High School
Science/Adolescence and Young Adulthood certificate

Beth Wright
Early childhood special education teacher, Princess Anne Elementary School
Exceptional Needs Specialist/Early Childhood through Young Adulthood certificate

Tara Yohe
Third-grade teacher, Princess Anne Elementary School
Exceptional Needs Specialist/Early Childhood through Young Adulthood certificate

In addition, 10 current National Board Certified Teachers renewed their certifications:

Vivian Barber
Sixth-grade teacher, Old Donation School
Generalist/Middle Childhood certificate

Elizabeth DiJulio
Art teacher, Princess Anne High School
Art/Early Adolescence through Young Adulthood certificate

Gisele Falls
Spanish teacher, Tallwood High School
World Languages Other Than English/Early Adolescence through Young Adulthood certificate

Amy Knight
School counselor, Kellam High School
School Counseling/Early Childhood through Young Adulthood certificate

Brian Meechan
Science teacher, Princess Anne High School
Science/Adolescence and Young Adulthood certificate

Charlene Olson
Library media specialist, Salem Middle School
Social Studies-History/Early Adolescence certificate

Angela Parsons
English teacher, Kellam High School
English Language Arts/Adolescence and Young Adulthood certificate

Charleen Paxton
Eighth-grade teacher, Salem Middle School
Mathematics/Early Adolescence certificate

Janelle Roth
Special education instructional specialist, Department of Teaching and Learning
Exceptional Needs Specialist/Early Childhood through Young Adulthood certificate

Kathryn Turner
Science teacher, Ocean Lakes High School
Science/Adolescence and Young Adulthood certificate

Teacher who would like to learn more about earning a National Board Certification and the support that the school division offers, contact Sarah Payne in the Office of Professional Growth and Innovation, or visit PGI’s intranet site where you can find videos, workshop information and guides to certification.

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