Posted: Tuesday, January 25, 2022

GCS Announces New and Renewal National Board Certifications

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Two GCS educators have earned National Board Certification for the first time, and 18 GCS educators have earned National Board Certification renewals. Greenville County Schools has 349 National Board Certified teachers, one of the teaching profession’s most respected achievements. South Carolina boasts 9,627 NBCTs.

The National Board Certification program is coordinated by CERRA (The Center for Educator Recruitment, Retention, & Advancement). CERRA’s mission is to recruit, retain, and advance South Carolina educators.

Teachers seeking National Board Certification undertake a four-part process that takes from one to three years to complete. The process requires candidates to analyze information about students in order to design and implement instructional choices that leads to advance student growth and achievement. Teachers reflect on their classroom practices, assess their understanding of subject material and examine their preparation techniques. In order to advance student learning and growth, teachers must demonstrate knowledge and evidence of being an effective practitioner by analyzing assessments and data to positively plan lessons that impact student learning. In addition to preparing a portfolio with videotapes of classroom teaching, unit lesson plans, student work samples and reflective essays about the classroom environment and teaching interactions, teachers must complete assessment center exercises based on content knowledge that prove they have mastered the subjects they teach and also possess the pedagogical practices for teaching the content area.

Candidates consistently report that collaboration with other NBCTs and candidates eases the burden of the process. To this end, the Center for Educator Recruitment, Retention and Advancement (CERRA) created an infrastructure of support that includes a district liaison in each of the state’s 85 school districts and a National Board Toolkit comprised of PowerPoints, handouts, and activities to assist candidates as they move through the certification process. GCSD is pleased to partner with CERRA in implementing an applicant cohort program for GCSD teachers to participate in once a month as they work through the NB application process together over a three-year period. CERRA also collaborates with other state agencies including the State Department of Education, The South Carolina Education Association, and Palmetto State Teachers Association to provide workshops and awareness sessions for candidates.

Teachers interested in pursuing the certification for the 2022-23 National Board cycle can access further information on the CERRA Website.

New NBCTs

School

Certification Area

Stacy Galli

Eastside High

Mathematics/Adolescence and Young Adulthood

Deanna McCarrell

Travelers Rest High

Library Media/Early Childhood through Young Adulthood

Renewal NBCTs

School

Certification Area

Rebecca Blevins

Bethel Elementary

Generalist/Early Childhood

Angela Bruce

Northwest Middle

Science/Early Adolescence

Jennifer Bruce Hunter

Mountain View Elementary

Generalist/Early Childhood

Katherine Canterbury

Mauldin Elementary

Generalist/Early Childhood

Ashley Causey

Hillcrest High

Social Studies-History/Early Adolescence

Caroline Creel

Northwest Middle

Science/Early Adolescence

Kelly Curry

Oakview Elementary

Literacy: Reading-Language Arts/Early and Middle Childhood

Jennifer Czar

Blue Ridge Middle

English Language Arts/Early Adolescence

Charles Kelly Howard

Southside High

Mathematics/Adolescence and Young Adulthood

Kimberly Lane

Sterling School

Literacy: Reading-Language Arts/Early and Middle Childhood

Patrick Lowery

Woodland Elementary

Music/Early Adolescence through Young Adulthood

Jennifer Murphy

Robert E. Cashion Elementary

Literacy: Reading-Language Arts/Early and Middle Childhood

Heather Nash

Rudolph Gordon School

Music/Early and Middle Childhood

Catherine Anne Osborne

Rudolph Gordon School

Generalist/Early Childhood

Stephanie Rees

Travelers Rest High

English Language Arts/Adolescence and Young Adulthood

Mendy Smith

Mountain View Elementary

Generalist/Early Childhood

Katherine Varghese

Riverside High

World Languages/Early Adolescence through Young Adulthood

Erin Williams

Rudolph Gordon School

Generalist/Early Childhood


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