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Five more School District Five teachers earn National Board Certification

For Immediate Release – January 24, 2023



Five more School District Five teachers earn National Board Certification

IRMO An additional five Lexington-Richland School District Five teachers have earned the prestigious National Board Certification this year, and 43 teachers in School District Five renewed their national certifications.

School District Five ranks among the top for National Board Certified Teachers (NBCTs) in the state, now touting 293 educators with this prestigious designation.

“National Board Certified teachers in the district play an essential role in improving teaching and learning,” said Dr. Tamara Turner, School District Five Chief of Human Resources. “Many of the district's NBCTs pursue professional learning opportunities and seek to improve their practice well beyond the National Board-certification journey. We support these educators by providing platforms for them to be active voices in education policy, inspire and coach colleagues, and pursue leadership roles.” 


National Board certification is a voluntary, advanced teaching credential that includes an extensive series of performance-based assessments. Educators pursuing the certification must undergo a rigorous process that includes teaching portfolios, student work samples, videotapes and thorough analyses of the candidates’ classroom teaching and student learning. Teachers must also complete written exercises to gauge the depth of their subject-matter knowledge, as well as their effectiveness in teaching those subjects to their students.

School District Five teachers becoming National Board-certified this year include: Amanda Bonavilla (Chapin Intermediate), Sherry Hope (Lake Murray Elementary), Carlos Sanchez (Chapin High), Laura Sizemore (Nursery Road Elementary), and Amy Whittingham (Chapin Intermediate).

Renewing certification are the following School District Five teachers: Robert Barron (Dutch Fork High), Nicole Bishop (Irmo Elementary), Jessica Bower (Chapin Middle), Christine Rives (Lake Murray Elementary), Lisa Brooks (Nursery Road Elementary), Lauren Brown (Spring Hill High), Pollyanna Buff (Irmo Elementary), Jennie Burns (Leaphart Elementary), Amy Carter (District Office), Whitney Christley (Irmo Elementary), Cristel Collins (Spring Hill High), Kason Dalton (Spring Hill High), Megan Drayton (Dutch Fork Elementary), Jane Faherty (Irmo Middle), Karla Bell (Dutch Fork High), Jennifer Garnett (Spring Hill High), Monica Hadwin (Chapin Intermediate), Jody Haltiwanger (Chapin High), Scott Hoffman (Spring Hill High), Effie Howe (Dutch Fork High), Mary Hoyt (Chapin Intermediate), Jason Jolley (Chapin High), Jessica Jones (Lake Murray Elementary), Andrea Jurgens (Dutch Fork High), Ben Landers (River Springs Elementary), Vandrea Lang (Ballentine Elementary), Dawn LaRosa (Ballentine Elementary), Diane Starnes (Chapin High), Stephanie MacKay (Leaphart Elementary), Amy Medlock Greene (Dutch Fork High), Kristin Mello (Seven Oaks Elementary), Brandy Meyers (Ballentine Elementary), Ashley O’Neal (Leaphart Elementary), Paul Partrich (Chapin High), Stephanie Puskarz (Dutch Fork High), Teresa Randolph (Chapin Elementary), Miriam Rangel (Chapin High), Heather Reitenga (Leaphart Elementary), Diana Schwartz (Chapin Middle), Nicole Tese Gladden (Dutch Fork High), Kelly Thacker (Dutch Fork Middle), Jessica Thur (Dutch Fork High), and Sara Zokan (Chapin High).


School District Five was recognized in 2019 as a National Board Accomplished District by the National Board for Professional Standards (NBPTS).  The program recognizes school districts across the country that have 20% or more of its teachers that have achieved National Board certification.