21 local teachers earn National Board certification; 12 from Hampton

Nearly 200 Virginia teachers earned certification this year, the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards announced Wednesday.

Hampton again topped the region with the number of certified teachers, with 12 this year. Newport News had 6 and Williamsburg-James City County had three. No teachers were certified this year in York County, Poquoson or Gloucester.

To earn national board certification, teachers go through a rigorous 1-3 year process that includes creating videos of their teaching, writing reflective portfolio pieces and taking computer-based tests in their subject field.

Hampton’s strong support system for teachers interested in national board certification again landed it in the Top 5 districts in Virginia at 134 total certified teachers, according to the National Board.

It came in fourth place behind Fairfax County, Prince William County and Arlington County, which are among the largest districts in the state.

Certification lasts for 10 years, and often comes with stipends from the state and local level for teachers. In Virginia, teachers earn an initial award up to $5,000 the first year and up to $2,500 for nine more years.

Here’s who was certified this year.

NEWPORT NEWS: Sabrina Carnesi, Karen Digiorgio, Justin Giroux, Erin Hudson, Elizabeth Kent and Christine Steigleman.

HAMPTON: Michael Evans, Danielle Peters, Tamara Cunningham, Kathryn Kilgore, Catherine Schaefer, Jeffrey Weigel, Heather Courtney Worrell, Joyce Buchanan, Lori Clarke, Katherine Johnson, Sandra Taylor, Anthony Townes. Kelly Dee earned recertification.

W-JCC: Sheila Glennon-Sandling, Mary Judson and Barry Miller.

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