THREE RIVERS AREA Several teachers in the Three Rivers 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.
Three Rivers area teachers receiving certification include the following:
◊Batesville School District: Stacey Lindsey, Sulphur Rock Elementary School.
◊Beebe School District: Stacy Taylor, Beebe Intermediate School, and Tiffany Crafton, Beebe Junior High School.
◊Black Rock School District: Lori McKenzie, Black Rock High School.
◊Cabot School District: Sandra Barnhill, Southside MiddleSchool.
◊Cabot School District: Sandra Barnhill, Southside Middle School; Danita Pitts, Jill Weir, Miriam Berryhill, Rita House, Shannon Southard and Wendi Pickard, all of Cabot Middle School North; Rebekah Baum, Cabot Middle School South; Matthew Wilson and Shelley Moore, both of Cabot Junior High South; and Jennifer Jensen, Cabot High School.
◊Cedar Ridge School District: Cynthia Kallsnick and Paula Osborne, both of Newark Elementary School.
◊Greene County Tech School District: Ashley Shelton, Crystal Cox, Teresa Chipman and Vicki Cordell, all of Greene County Tech Elementary School; Kersten Herget, Shayla King and Sherri Namors, all of Greene County Tech Primary School; Linda Scates-Faulkner, Greene County Tech Junior High School; and Laura Richards, Greene County Tech High School.
◊ Imboden School District: Jennifer Grisham, Sloan Hendrix Elementary School.
◊Pangburn School District: Carol Majors, Pangburn Elementary School.
◊Paragould School District: Courtney Young, Farrah Wilcox and Mary Nailling, all of Woodrow Wilson Elementary School; Diana Skelton and Krystal Hooten, both of Paragould Junior High School; and KathyVanstralen, Paragould High School.
◊Pulaski County Special School District, Jacksonville: Angela McGee, Bayou Meto Elementary School, and Julia Derfelt, Tolleson Elementary School.
◊Salem School District: Lindsey Washam, Salem Elementary School.
◊Searcy School District: Beth Collins, Ahlf Junior High School; Kristin Stafford, McRae Elementary School; and Kristy Parish, Westside Elementary School.
◊White County Central School District: Linda Newnum, White County Central Elementary School.
National board certification is achieved through a performance-based 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