TRI-LAKES AREA Several teachers in the Tri-Lakes area received certification by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards in December 2009.
According to a news release from the board, 280 teachers from Arkansas received certification. The state ranked ninth nationwide in the number of teachers achieving board certification this year and ranks 16th in the total number of National Board Certified Teachers over time - 1,397.
Tri-Lakes area teachers receiving certification include the following:
◊Arkadelphia School District: Linda Syler, Louisa Perritt Primary School.
◊Benton School District: Glenn Sago, SalemElementary School; Rejena Hairston, Benton High School; and Tamme Adams, Benton Junior High School.
◊Bryant School District: Nicole Wrobel and Tracie Moon, both from Bryant Middle School.
◊Hot Springs School District: Dawn Rose and Tracey Nelson, both from Oaklawn Magnet School; and Donna Smith, Langston Magnet School.
◊Lake Hamilton School District: Juana Lynch, Lake Hamilton Primary School; Anita Knapp, Laura Howell, Sarah Walston and Teresa King, all from Lake Hamilton Elementary School; Dawn Shinn, Lake Hamilton Intermediate School; Rebecca Reed and Teresa House, both from Lake Hamilton Middle School; and Christine Groves, Lake HamiltonHigh School.
◊Lakeside School District: Juanita Fraiser, Lakeside High School; and Karen Braughton and Stephanie Foreman, both from Lakeside Primary School.
◊Jessieville School District: Cynthia Sebourn, Jessieville High School.
◊Malvern School District:Lisa Efird, Malvern Elementary School.
National board certification is achieved through a performancebased assessment that typically takes one to three years to complete.
According to information from the organization, the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, headquartered in Arlington, Va., is an independent, nonprofit, nonpartisan and nongovernmental organization. The board “advances the quality of teaching and learning by developing professional standards for accomplished teaching; creating and administering national board certification, a voluntary system to certify teachers who meet those standards; and integrating certified teachers into educational reform efforts.” - crolf@ arkansasonline.com