Posted: Monday, January 6, 2014
13 GCS Educators Earn 2014 National Board Certification
Thirteen Greenville County Schools' educators have earned National Board Certification, one of the teaching profession’s most respected achievements. With 659 teachers who have achieved National Board Certification, Greenville County Schools ranks 14th in the nation out of more than 14,000 school districts (based on most recent data) for total number of NBC teachers. South Carolina ranks third in the nation with 8,663 NBC teachers, trailing only North Carolina and Florida.
“The process of becoming National Board Certified requires educators to meet rigorous standards that assess, and ultimately improve, all aspects of teaching and learning,” said Superintendent W. Burke Royster. “I applaud their dedication to their students and to the teaching profession.”
National Board Certification was created so teachers, like professionals in other fields, can achieve distinction. By demonstrating through a demanding performance assessment, these teachers meet high and rigorous standards for what accomplished teachers should know and be able to do.
Teachers seeking National Board Certification undertake a two-part process which 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 met the high standards for accomplished teaching.
Greenville County Schools 2014 National Board Certified Teachers
- Chesa Driggers - Kindergarten, Hollis Elementary
- Adelaide Fackler - Guidance, Greenville Sr. High Academy
- Teresa Finchum - Third Grade, Simpsonville Elementary
- James Gambrell - Second Grade, Oakview Elementary
- Amanda Harris - First Grade, Monarch Elementary
- Karis Hunt - Guidance, Travelers Rest High
- Brian Morgan - Art, Duncan Chapel Elementary
- Lori Nelson - Guidance, Paris Elementary
- Cara Nyvall - Fifth Grade, Sterling School
- Casey Noble - Guidance, Sterling School
- Melissa Marie Smith - Special Education, Lake Forest Elementary
- Ronda Smith - Art, Bethel Elementary
- Jamie Taber - Special Education, Sara Collins Elementary