Fifteen Howard County educators recently achieved National Board Certification — the highest credential for the educational profession.
“Like board-certified doctors and accountants, teachers who achieve National Board Certification have met rigorous standards through intensive study, self-assessment, peer review and expert evaluation,” Superintendent Renee Foose said at the Board of Education meeting Jan. 24, where the teachers were honored.
To achieve certification, candidates must complete four portfolio entries with videos and written analyses of their instructional practices, and must pass six written assessments on content knowledge and pedagogy.
Thirteen Howard County teachers achieved certification for the first time in November 2012; two teachers — Pamela Benya, of Lisbon Elementary School, and Daniel Desmond, of Centennial High School — renewed their certifications after first receiving the honor 10 years ago.
The first-time certifications went to: Diane Bachek, of Thunder Hill Elementary School; Maya Cook, of Murray Hill Middle School; Grace Dellinger and Eunice French, both of Reservoir High School; Christopher Doody, of Hammond Middle School; Mary Goff, of Hammond High School; Meghan Hearn and Daniel Sanz, both of Veterans Elementary School; Tina LeBaron and Robert Leiby, both of the Applications and Research Laboratory; Peggy Starr, of Mayfield Woods Middle School; and Heather Taylor, of Folly Quarter Middle School.
The Howard County Public School System now has 119 teachers who have achieved National Board Certification.