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For Immediate Release:
Jan. 9, 2013
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  Thirteen Arlington Teachers Earn National Certification
 
The National Board for Professional Teaching Standards announced that 13 APS teachers have earned National Board Certification.

Currently, Arlington ranks third in Virginia with 168*, or approximately 7.6 percent of teachers, who are National Board Certified.

The APS teachers and their National Board certificate area include the following:
  • Laura Albright – Yorktown: Mathematics/Early Adolescence
  • Linda Allen – Gunston: Mathematics/Early Adolescence
  • Julie Anderson – Swanson: Mathematics/Early Adolescence
  • Gregory Cabana – Gunston: Social Studies, History/Early Adolescence
  • Rebecca Fleming – Arlington Science Focus School: Generalist Middle Childhood
  • Keenan Hall – Henry: Music/Early and Middle Childhood
  • Michael Humphreys – Henry: Physical Education/Early and Middle Childhood
  • Meghan Heiges – Barrett: Literacy, Reading-Language Arts/Early and Middle Childhood
  • Anthony McPhee – Yorktown: Mathematics/Adolescence and Young Adulthood
  • Aaron Schuetz – Yorktown: Science/Adolescence and Young Adulthood
  • Renee Shaw – Barrett: Art/Early and Middle Childhood
  • Marguerite Wiseman – H-B Woodlawn, Science/Adolescence and Young Adulthood
  • Leah Young – Washington-Lee: Social Studies-History, Adolescence and Young Adulthood

“This is a well-deserved honor for our teachers and I congratulate them on this accomplishment,” said Superintendent Dr. Pat Murphy. “Earning National Board Certification is a significant professional milestone for educational leaders in the classroom. It exemplifies the resolve our teachers have to make sure they provide their students with a high-quality education. Throughout the experience, teachers are fine-tuning their approach to delivering instruction and making sure that students are learning, understanding, and applying that content.”

National Board Certification is a voluntary assessment program that recognizes, encourages and rewards teachers to strive for excellence. While state licensing systems set basic requirements to teach, teachers who earn National Board Certification have successfully demonstrated advanced teaching knowledge, skills and practices as determined by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards. Certification is achieved through a rigorous, performance-based assessment that typically takes one to three years to complete.

APS recognizes National Board Certification as part of the Career Advancement Program (CAP). CAP participants may choose National Board Certification as one portfolio option to demonstrate achievement of advanced professional skills and knowledge.

The process requires teachers to build a portfolio that includes student work samples, assignments, videotapes and a thorough analysis of their classroom teaching. Additionally, teachers are assessed on their knowledge of the subjects they teach.

The teachers will be recognized at the Feb. 7 School Board meeting.

* This number does not include National Board Certification teachers that have left APS or have retired.