Two representatives from the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards came to South Carolina to personally visit two of the districts. National Board’s Senior Manager Laura Benedetto and Policy Manager Sarah Pinsky along with CERRA staff, Jenna Hallman and Suzanne Koty, a representative from the South Carolina National Board Network, Toni Chewning, and the district’s own National Board liaison, Sara Kearns, visited all of the newly named NBCTS in the District 5. The team visited a total of 9 schools to recognize 17 teachers who just received their scores to discover that they were joining their many colleagues as National Board Certified Teachers. Each teacher received a poster to display in the school that signifies their accomplishment as well as some other goodies from National Board and from the network. The team then travelled over to Sumter where Craig King of the network joined them to recognize all of the NBCTs and candidates in Sumter School District. In addition to their poster and gifts, the district’s superintendent also pinned each newly named NBCT.
Each teacher is congratulated on reaching the most rigorous level of certification a teacher can receive. National Board Certified Teachers make up only 3% of the teaching force nationwide. It is a reflective process that teachers often say changes the way they approach teaching. Congratulations are also extended to each of these deserving districts for recognizing the important role NBCTs play in impacting their organizations and the students they serve.