Fifty-two teachers in Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky reached the pinnacle of professional qualification: certification from the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards. In the class of 2009, the Kenton County School District led the area with 11 newly certified teachers.
Certification, good for 10 years, entitles teachers to a salary boost, leadership roles and, in some cases, job security. The standards are rigorous and uniform, and require a long commitment of personal time for teachers. The application process takes up to three years of work developing a detailed portfolio, analyzing video of themselves teaching, and six exams.
Only 40 percent of teachers who try, meet the standards on their first try. Nationwide, about 82,000 teachers are certified through the program.
Thanks to Ryland NBC teacher, Paula House, for her continued assistance and support of this program. The following teachers are the most recent Kenton County educators to earn National Board Certification:
Vickie Brothers Beechgrove Elementary
Jennifer Egan River Ridge Elementary
Angela Ellison Beechgrove Elementary
Neva Francis River Ridge Elementary
Marti Freihofer Scott High School
Mindy Fry Summit View Elementary
Katherine Graham Caywood Elementary
Kathryn Hart River Ridge Elementary
Christina Pangallo Caywood Elementary
Stephanie Steinbrunner Hinsdale Elementary
Cary Wolking Taylor Mill Elementary
William Croyle contributed to this article