Five HCS teachers earn National Board Certification; three renew

Five Hampton City Schools teachers have earned the distinction of National Board Certified Teacher and three teachers have renewed their certification through the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards.

National Board Certification is an advanced teaching credential. As part of this process, teachers must analyze their teaching context and students’ needs, submit videos of their teaching and provide student work samples that demonstrate growth and achievement. The reflective analyses that they submit must demonstrate: 1) A strong command of content;
 2) The ability to design appropriate learning experiences that advance student learning;
 3) The use of assessments to inform instructional decision making; and
 4) Partnerships with colleagues, parents and the community.

Through this structured and interative process, teachers expand and refine their content knowledge and pedagogy. The outcome is more powerful teaching that improves student achievement and reflects college and career readiness.

New Certifications:
Chonita C. Walker – Kraft Elementary School
Jeremy Brandon Utt – Jones Magnet Middle School
Kevin Wilder – Phoebus High School
Amanda Joy Hiltz – Hampton High School
Thomas Worrell – Lindsay Middle School

Three Renewals:
Heather Leigh Greer – Science Department
Sue Hinnant Smith – Kecoughtan High School
Nancy Hott Terrell – Davis Middle School

Under the direction of Joan Davis, coordinator of professional development, approximately 155 teachers have completed the process and earned the certification since 2000.

“Hampton City Schools is very proud of our five new National Board Certified Teachers and three teachers who have renewed their certification for another 10 years. The National Board Certification process is a major undertaking for teachers, requiring many hours of extra work. It’s not about teaching a great lesson – it’s knowing that students learned,” said Davis.

The School Board will formally recognize the teachers in February.


Chonita C. Walker –
Kraft Elementary School

 


Heather Leigh Greer –
Science Department


Jeremy Brandon Utt –
Jones Magnet Middle School


Amanda Joy Hiltz –
Hampton High School


Sue Hinnant Smith –
Kecoughtan High School


Kevin Wilder –
Phoebus High School


Thomas Worrell –
Lindsay Middle School


Nancy Hott Terrell –
Davis Middle School