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Published on December 10th, 2015 | by Millennium Magazine Staff

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District Five Ranked Among The Top Nationwide

Pictured: Lexington-Richland District Five Superintendent Dr. Stephen Hefner

IRMO –Lexington-Richland School District Five is ranked 20th nationally for the total number of teachers with National Board Certification.

Recently released rankings by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards showed five teachers in District Five earned the certification, bringing the district’s new total to 489. The latest teachers in the district achieving National Board Certification include: Hayley Gossett (Irmo Elementary), Uma Purohit (Dutch Fork High), Stephanie Shank (Chapin High), Mary Waites (Dutch Fork High) and Brent White (CrossRoads Intermediate).

“Being ranked among the top for the number of teachers with National Board Certifications is a great achievement and testament to District Five’s commitment to provide top-quality education for students,” said District Five Superintendent Dr. Stephen Hefner. “The world-class instruction we have in our district starts with having well-trained, dedicated teachers. We congratulate and commend our newest National Board Certified Teachers and thank them for the extra measures they have taken to ensure we have the best classroom instruction possible in District Five.”

Eighteen teachers in the district renewed their National Board Certification: Jennifer Adams (Dutch Fork Middle), Laura Atkinson (Dutch Fork Middle), Sara Beckman (Dutch Fork Elementary), Donna Bowman (Chapin Middle), Noah Dixon (Dutch Fork High), Nancy Elliot Ellis (Irmo Middle), Kenneth Freeman (Dutch Fork Middle), Danielle Hance (Chapin Intermediate), Mary Holloman (Irmo High), Regina Hudson (Chapin Intermediate), Tarnissiya Jefferson (Dutch Fork Elementary), Sandra Orr (Spring Hill High), Anna Owens (Seven Oaks Elementary), Sandra Ray (Oak Pointe Elementary), Lynn Rennebaum (Chapin Middle), Janet Roberts (Lake Murray Elementary), Diane Schiferl (Chapin High) and Dawn Weathersbee (Chapin High).

Considered the profession’s gold standard for accomplished teaching, National Board Certification is a voluntary, advanced teaching credential that includes an extensive series of performance-based assessments. Educators pursuing the certification must undergo a rigorous process that includes peer review and performance-based analysis. Teachers must also complete written exercises to gauge the depth of their subject-matter knowledge, as well as their effectiveness in teaching those subjects to their students.

Nationwide 1,826 teachers earned their National Board Certification this year, while 2,903 renewed their Board Certification. South Carolina added 84 new National Board Certified Teachers (NBCTs) and recorded 341 new NBCTs. These NBCTs helped South Carolina earn a third place ranking for the total number of NBCTs (8,863) and second place ranking for the percentage of teachers who are Board Certified (18.4 percent). More than 112,000 teachers nationwide have achieved National Board Certification.

“These teachers should be extraordinarily proud as they have met the profession’s highest standard,” said Peggy Brookins, National Board Certified Teacher and President and CEO of National Board. “The public should be equally pleased because these teachers have measureable knowledge and skills that will advance student learning.”

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