CMS ranks third nationally with newly certified teachers

by Christina Rogers

The National Board for Professional Teacher Standards has announced that 288 Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools teachers have earned National Board Certification this year – the largest number of new certifications in the district’s history.
The district ranks third nationally with 1,739 certified teachers.
According to the board, North Carolina has 2,277 newly certified National Board teachers in public school classrooms. They bring the state’s total number of National Board Certified Teachers to 17,957, accounting for almost one-fifth of the nation’s National Board-certified teachers.
Teachers achieve certification through a rigorous performance-based assessment that typically takes from one to three years to complete and measures what teachers and counselors should know and be able to do. Participation is voluntary. Candidates build a portfolio that includes student work samples, assignments, videotapes and a thorough analysis of classroom teaching.
A complete list of all teachers that earned their 2010 National Board Certification can be found on the Mountain Island Weekly website, www.mountain For more information on National Board Certification, visit
The following teachers at area schools earned their 2010 National Board certification:
• From Coulwood Middle: Lakeisha Ethridge.
• From Francis Bradley Middle: Cynthia Elder and Richard Owens.
• From Long Creek Elementary: Jessica Alston, Toni Cipolla and Lisa Pagano.
• From Mountain Island Elementary: Sara Brinson, Kelly Lyden-McDermott, Brandon Nels and Crystal Phillips.
• From Oakdale Elementary: Kili Drayton, Erica Gabriel, Casey Lockler and Christine Reid.
• From Paw Creek Elementary: Jeanne Bennett and Angela Salminen.
• From River Oaks Academy: April Straite and Lakisha Zamor.
• From West Meck: Matthew Bryan, Amelia Campbell, Robert Leichner and Adam Myers.
• From Whitewater Academy: Pamela Gambrell and Lindsay Phillips.

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