Teachers earn, renew NBCT status
Marianne Gaskins, media specialist at Royall Elementary recently achieved National Board Certification status. She joins 35 educators in the state, representing 14 school districts who recently earned National Board Certification.
Also, fellow Florence 1 Schools educators Paula Hooss (John W. Moore Middle), Beth Moore, (Dewey L. Carter Elementary) and Roberta Olmstead (Briggs Elementary) have renewed their national certification. They join 141 nationally certified teachers from 41 school districts who renewed their national certificates, bringing South Carolina’s total number of nationally certified teachers to 9,268.
According to the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, South Carolina remains one of the nation’s leading states for the total number of nationally certified teachers. The latest numbers available reflect that Florence 1 Schools has 80 nationally certified teachers.
Teachers seeking NBC participate in a two-part process that takes from one to five 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 recordings of classroom teaching, lesson plans, student work samples and reflective essays, teachers must complete assessment center exercises to prove they have mastered the subjects they teach and also possess the skills to teach them.