Aiken County teachers earn national certification

Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2009 10:36 AM
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AIKEN – Eleven Aiken County teachers earned National Board Certification, according to results released today by the Center for Educator Recruitment, Retention and Advancement at Winthrop University.

South Carolina ranks third, behind North Carolina and Florida, for the most teachers with National Board Certification. Almost 800 teachers state-wide earned the distinction this year, bringing the state’s total number of nationally certified teachers to 7,297, about 14 percent of the state’s classroom instructors. Eight Aiken County teachers earned certification last year.

Aiken County recipients this year include: Mary Barker Beckham of South Aiken High; Amy Berry of Ridge Spring-Monetta Elementary; Patsy Davis and Laura Lytle of Aiken Middle; Carey Hanna, Linda Harmon and Jean Gorthy of Aiken High; Leslie Martin of Aiken Elementary; Lisa Raiford of Byrd Learning Center; Tiffinni Vinning of North Augusta High; and Carolyn Williams of North Aiken Elementary.

Teachers seeking National Board Certification spend anywhere from one to three years to complete the requirements, which include preparing a portfolio with videotapes of classroom teaching, lesson plans and student work examples. Teachers must also pass a final assessment. The certification means teachers have certification to teach in any state.

Teachers also earn an additional $7,500 eaach year, for up to 10 years, for the certification.

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db16 12/16/09 - 12:55 pm
Congratulations...your timing

Congratulations...your timing is fantastic. We need devoted educators...unfortunately you will not be compensated or reimbursed for all of your hard work. Thank you for the effort. When the economic climate changes and we are fiscally responsible, we will reconsider paying you for your dedication. Of course, between now and then, we would greatly appreciate you working more for less.
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jack 12/16/09 - 02:27 pm


KSL 12/16/09 - 08:27 pm
Way to go. Both of my

Way to go. Both of my children received excellent education in the Aiken County Schools. db16, while most teachers should be paid more, as should most public safety workers, there are many who do it because of dedication. For them, we all should be grateful.

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