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 states total number of nationally certified teachers to 7,297, about 14 percent of the states 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.