The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

January 9, 2013

W.Va. now has 31 new certified teachers

By Sarah Plummer
Register-Herald Reporter

West Virginia has 31 new National Board Certified teachers, the highest credential attainable in the teaching profession.

These new 2012 additions increase the number of board certified teachers in West Virginia to 696.

“National Board Certified Teachers have the knowledge and skills to help students bridge the gap between what they know and what they need to know to be successful in the 21st century,” said state Superintendent Jim Phares.

The following teachers are among the state’s newest National Board Certified teachers: Judy Ashton Burns and Carolyn A. Osborne, Greenbrier County; Ashley Nicole Shaw and Emily Browning Smith, Mercer County; Valeria Lynn Mullins, Nicholas County; and Julie Ann Midkiff and Cindi Renee Reeves, Raleigh County.

While state licensing systems set basic requirements to teach in each state, National Board Certified Teachers have successfully demonstrated advanced teaching knowledge, skills and practices. Certification is achieved through a rigorous, performance-based assessment that typically takes one to three years to complete.

For more information about NBPTS and National Board Certification, visit the NBPTS website at

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