Lincoln teachers earn national certification

December 15, 2003|EMILY BURTON

STANFORD - Four Lincoln County teachers made the grade this month, receiving national teacher certification after a year of classes, assignments and tests.

The National Board for Professional Teaching Standards certified the four teachers after they demonstrated "content proficiency as well as instructional competency," said a NBPTS press release. "NBPTS certification is a year-long, voluntary, performance-based assessment that signifies a teacher has met challenging professional teaching standards."

Those recently certified are:

Terrie Ralston, a special education literacy/strategies consultant in 16 counties. Ralston has a degree in vocational rehabilitation, elementary education, and special education with eight years of experience.

Jeanette Litton is a primary teacher at McKinney Elementary School with degrees in elementary education and instructional leadership. She has five years of experience.


Kevin Bandura is a math teacher at Lincoln County High School and has 12 years of experience and a degree in math education.

Susan Johnson is an academic performance specialist at Stanford Elementary School. She has 11 years of experience and a degree in elementary education.

To get their certification, teachers had to create a portfolio, submit videotapes of classroom lessons, and pass a day-long written exam.

After certification, teachers are eligible for a $2,000 annual bonus. They now join the ranks of more than 500 national board-certified teachers in Kentucky.

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