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National Board Certified Teachers Empower Students
National Board Certified Teachers Empower Students
Posted on 05/06/2020
A collage showing some of the new and renewed National Board Certified Teachers(Pictured, from the top left, are Malorie Morrill of Woodfin Elementary, Morgan Denton of North Buncombe High School, Rachel Rodriguez of Buncombe County Early College, Jocelyn Pagel of Estes Elementary, Andrew Miller of Erwin High, Valerie Colegrove of Valley Springs Middle, Jill Rose of Bell Elementary, Barbara Burlingame of Enka High, and Tony Ball of Sand Hill-Venable Elementary. They reflect on their certification/recertification experience in this FlipGrid. They also appear in the video at the bottom of this article.)

By Tim Reaves
BCS Communications Department

Congratulations to new and renewed National Board Certified Teachers!

National Board certification is a rigorous, one- to five-year process that enables teachers to use the latest evidence-based methods for making their classrooms more engaging and successful. Buncombe County Schools ranks 18th in the nation for the number of National Board Certified Teachers (NBCTs). In September, the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards named BCS a National Board Accomplished District, as more than 20 percent of teachers held the advanced teaching credential.

“National Board certification means committing to consistently improving instruction for my students,” said Woodfin Elementary School Teacher of the Year and newly-certified NBCT Malorie Morrill. “I want my students to enjoy learning and continue to grow each day without experiencing any unnecessary frustration. My National Board work has certainly helped me to strike this balance.”

The certification process helps teachers think systematically about how they teach and how their methods affect individual student learning. Research shows that students of NBCTs demonstrate evidence of deeper learning nearly three times more frequently than their peers.

“National Board’s consistent focus on impact on student learning changed me as an educator, and it’s what makes the process of becoming a National Board Certified Teacher so powerful,” said BCS curriculum specialist and recertified NBCT Eric Grant.

“It was a difficult and even humbling experience at times, but it’s that challenge that really gives you the profound sense of achievement when you’re done,” added Clyde A. Erwin High School social studies teacher and newly-certified NBCT Andrew Miller. “It’s taught me the value of differentiating activities so that more and more students can have that same feeling.”

During BCS Virtual Days online classes, NBCTs have used their professional development deep dive to sail confidently into uncharted waters, said Charles C. Bell Elementary School media specialist and newly-certified NBCT Jill Rose. The process has encouraged teachers to explore new ways to pursue student success, step out of their comfort zones, and maintain a positive attitude even when routines are disrupted.

“It’s about reflection, not perfection,” added Valley Springs Middle School Exceptional Children inclusion teacher and recertified NBCT Valerie Colegrove. “We’re all learning together, and the technology knowledge I picked up during the NBCT process specifically prepared me for COVID-19.”

North Carolina continues to lead the United States in the total number of NBCTs, reaching 22,653 at the end of 2019. According to a North Carolina Department of Public Instruction press release, the state accounts for nearly one-fifth of all U.S. teachers certified by the teaching standards organization.

The following teachers have been newly certified or recertified during the 2019-2020 school year:

– Allison Burnett, Martin L. Nesbitt, Jr. Discovery Academy
– Autumn Malloy, Martin L. Nesbitt, Jr. Discovery Academy
– Wendy Wheeler, Martin L. Nesbitt, Jr. Discovery Academy
– Lee Alexander, Enka High School
– Barbara Burlingame, Enka High School
– Rachel Rodriguez, Buncombe County Early College
– Andrew Miller, Clyde A. Erwin High School
– Jennifer Kiecker, Charles D. Owen Middle School
– Morgan Denton, North Buncombe High School
– Kevin Keen, T.C. Roberson High School
– Jocelyn Pagel, William W. Estes Elementary School
– Angela Hall, Enka Intermediate School
– Amanda Lampley, A.C. Reynolds High School
– Kristin Keliher, A.C. Reynolds Middle School
– Katharine Dost, Charles D. Owen High School
– Malorie Morrill, Woodfin Elementary School
– Elizabeth Wicker, Clyde A. Erwin High School
– Jill Rose, Charles C. Bell Elementary School

– Gabriela Bermingham, Oakley Elementary School
– Leslie Anderson, Joe P. Eblen Intermediate School
– Marian Anderson, T.C. Roberson High School
– Amy Atkinson, Hominy Valley Elementary School
– Rachel Averett, Black Mountain Primary School
– David Ball, Sand Hill-Venable Elementary School
– Rebecca Brunner, Black Mountain Primary School
– Shanna Buckner, West Buncombe Elementary School
– Kendra Cameron Jarvis, Technology Department
– Joseph Carreiro, Charles D. Owen Middle School
– Valerie Colegrove, Valley Springs Middle School
– Michelle Crenshaw, North Buncombe Elementary School
– Michael Ferguson, T.C. Roberson High School
– Eric Grant, Curriculum Department
– Jennifer Greene, W.D. Williams Elementary School
– Lacey Grogan, Clyde A. Erwin High School
– Barbara Guffy, Charles D. Owen Middle School and Clyde A. Erwin High School
– Sharon Hakim, Progressive Education Program
– Mark Harrison, T.C. Roberson High School
– Joan Hoffman, Enka High School
– Randal Hylemon, Martin L. Nesbitt, Jr. Discovery Academy and A.C. Reynolds Middle School
– Cassandra Jarman, Valley Springs Middle School
– Jennifer Johnson, Emma Elementary School
– Kim Lachler, Charles T. Koontz Intermediate School
– Joe Lehman. Black Mountain Primary School
– Gregory Love, A.C. Reynolds Middle School
– Laura Mayer, Curriculum Department
– Vimi Mckeithan, Valley Springs Middle School
– Jody Montrie, Enka Intermediate School
– Ashley Morrow, Charles T. Koontz Intermediate School
– Nerina Patane, T.C. Roberson High School
– Kylie Peek, Barnardsville Elementary School
– Preston Prince, Emma Elementary School and Barnardsville Elementary School
– Edward Renz, Clyde A. Erwin High School
– Kelli Self, Charles D. Owen High School
– Emma Stephens, Fairview Elementary School
– Gina Toomey, Charles D. Owen High School
– Debora Trombly Wood, Haw Creek Elementary School
– Ariel Warden, Cane Creek Middle School
– Candace Wells, North Buncombe Elementary School
– Amy White, North Buncombe High School

Buncombe County Schools is in the process of reviewing its website to ensure compliance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Buncombe County Schools does not discriminate on the basis of sex in its education programs or activities and is required by Title IX of the Education Amendments Act of 1972 and federal regulations to not discriminate in such a manner. This requirement extends to admission and employment. Inquiries about the application of Title IX and its implementing federal regulations may be referred to the Title IX Coordinator and/or the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights in the Office for Civil Rights at the U.S. Department of Education. The Title IX Coordinator's contact information is: Shanon Martin,, 828-255-5918, 175 Bingham Road, Asheville, NC 28806.

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