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Seventeen more School District Five teachers earn National Board Certification

For Immediate Release – December 19, 2019



Seventeen more School District Five teachers earn National Board Certification

IRMO – Officials with the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) visited Lexington-Richland School District Five to celebrate the district’s newest National Board Certified Teachers (NBCTs) as part of #TeamNBCT week.


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.


Seventeen teachers from School District Five earned the honor and received special recognition at their schools on December 19.  Teachers included: Amy Collins (Oak Pointe Elementary), Patera Eskew-Martin (Dutch Fork Elementary), Ali Hendrick (Dutch Fork High), Amanda Hill (Oak Pointe Elementary), Clare Jackson (Dutch Fork Middle), Candice Joannides (Oak Pointe Elementary), Katherine Jones (Nursery Road Elementary), Andrew Lynn (Chapin High), Blythe Robertson (Nursery Road Elementary), Calvin Sayger (Chapin High), Sarah Scott (Leaphart Elementary), Tiffani Smiley (Oak Pointe Elementary), Kim Smoak (Dutch Fork High), Rachael Stenger (Chapin Elementary), Hazel Walker (Irmo High), Gayle Whitlock (Dutch Fork Middle), and Denise Williams (Oak Pointe Elementary).


Sara Kearns, School District Five coordinator of academic assistance and professional development said, “It was an honor and a privilege to visit nine of our schools to congratulate and honor our 17 brand new National Board Certified Teachers. The intense self-reflection and examination of best practices in the NBC process makes each teacher stronger in their practices and gives them the insight and tools to better serve the needs of each of their students.”


Newly Board-certified teacher Ali Hendrick said she is very proud of herself and so excited to have this process behind her. “It has been such a big learning process for me,” Hendrick said.  “I have learned so much about myself and my students.  This process has given me confidence to go into my classroom every day and do a little bit more for students.”  


Tamara Turner, School District Five Director of Personnel, said National Board Certified teachers in the district play an essential role in improving teaching and learning.  “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,” Turner said.


School District Five was recognized earlier this year as a National Board Accomplished District by NBPTS.  The program recognizes school districts across the country that have 20% or more of its teachers that have achieved National Board certification.  The district is one of four Accomplished Districts in South Carolina, while nationwide there are 102.


Peggy Brookins, NBCT, president and CEO of the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards added, “These new National Board Certified teachers will continue to change the way their students learn, and their proven ability to be the best teachers they can be will have a ripple effect on their schools and their communities for years to come.”