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Kara Hart

Elizabeth Ross

Sabrina Carnesi

Sandi Dianna

Wanda L. Mitchell

Courtney Clary Worrell

Two teachers earn National Board Certification; four renew

Congratulations to two Hampton City Schools teachers who recently earned their National Board Teacher certification. Four teachers also renewed their certification. Teachers who earned their certification for the first time are: Kara Hart, counselor at Bryan Elementary School and Elizabeth Ross, reading specialist at Cary Elementary School.

Hart serves as a counselor climate coach for Bryan, is a member of the HCS social emotional learning CLT, Community Priority Workshop facilitator, counselor mentor, intern site supervisor, and lead for staff professional development for Bryan and HCS.

Ross serves as the literacy leader on the Cary leadership team, is a member of the HCS and Cary literacy teams, and supports teachers within the building through coaching, modeling, co-teaching and planning. She provides professional workshops, creates and develops curriculum and materials at both the state and district level, and mentors student teachers and new teachers.

Sabrina Carnesi, librarian at Bryan Elementary School; Sandi Dianna, second grade teacher at Armstrong School for the Arts; Wanda L. Mitchell, chorus and audio engineering teacher at Hampton High School; and Courtney Clary Worrell, director of school counseling at Phenix PreK-8 School, earned their recertification.

From the National Board Certification website:

National Board Certification is the most respected professional certification available in education and provides numerous benefits to teachers, students and schools. It was designed to develop, retain and recognize accomplished teachers and to generate ongoing improvement in schools nationwide.

While teacher licensure systems set the basic requirements to teach in each state, completion of National Board Certification signifies that teachers have voluntarily gone much further. NBCTs have developed and demonstrated the advanced knowledge, skills, and practices required of an outstanding educator.

Standards for each content area and developmental level are created by teachers, for teachers. They represent a consensus among educators about what accomplished, effective teachers should know and be able to do to improve student learning and achievement. Board certification is available in 25 certificate areas, from Pre-K through 12th grade.

Certification consists of four components: assessment of content knowledge, reflection on student work samples, video and analysis of teaching practice, and documentation of the impact of assessment and collaboration on student learning. Throughout its more than 25-year history, the National Board has sought to review and revise its standards and certification process to reflect best practices in teaching. Throughout the process, teachers will be able to apply what they have learned to their classroom practice and connect with other teachers pursuing certification. Recognizing the many demands on teachers’ time, the process is designed to be flexible, efficient, and affordable.