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Howard school board honors National Board Certified teachers

By Sara Toth, stoth@tribune.com

6:35 AM EST, January 24, 2014

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The Howard County Board of Education honored 19 teachers who received certification, or re-certification, from the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards.

"It's the highest-level credential in the educational profession," Superintendent Renee Foose said Thursday. "(The teachers) have met rigorous standards through intensive study, self-assessment, peer review and expert evaluation. This is truly an outstanding achievement and one we should all be proud of."

According to the National Board's website, certification "is an advanced teaching credential. As part of the 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 teachers received certification, or re-certification, in November 2013. The certiication, said Chief of Staff Sue Mascaro, is made possible through a partnership with the Maryland State Department of Education. Mascaro said Howard County this year ranked in the top five districts in the state for employed certified teachers. Currently, Howard County employs 138 National Board Certified teachers. There are more than 100,000 certified teachers in the country, according to the National Board's website.

Teachers who received certification for the first time are: Margaret Bosse, a special education teacher at Mount View Middle School, Margaret Brothman, an English teacher at Reservoir High School, Cindy Croft, a first-grade teacher at Hollifield Station Elementary School, Mark Dubbs, Jr., a social studies teacher at Marriotts Ridge High School, Maddy Halbach, a teacher in the Academy of Finance at the Applications and Research Lab, Lisa Johnson, a fourth-grade teacher at Clarksville Elementary School, Douglas Jones, a social studies teacher at Dunloggin Middle School, Cindy Kelly, a teacher in the Biotechnology Academy at the ARL, Gregory Knauf, a music teacher at Reservoir, and Cassandra Lopez, a media specialist at Northfield Elementary School.

Other teachers to receive certification for the first time are: Thomas Monroe, a vocal and general music teacher at Deep Run Elementary School, Jennieve Moser Hill, a math teacher at Wilde Lake High School, Sarah Pottle, an eighth-grade English Language Arts teacher, Casey Schurman, a second-grade teacher at Bollman Bridge Elementary School, Susan Schuser, a preschool special education teacher in the PALS Program at Pointers Run Elementary School, Alison Sorkin, a fourth-grade teacher at Manor Woods Elementary School, Maria Tolson, an English teacher at Reservoir, and Matthew Valvano, an English teacher at Reservoir.

Roxanne Lohmeyer, a physical education teacher at Ilchester Elementary School, renewed her certification this year.

"You make the school system better," said Board Chairwoman Ellen Giles. "You make our students smarter, and you make us all feel very hopeful about the future of education because we're building such a strong foundation here."