New National Board Certified Teachers Honored

[Above Photo Caption: (L-R) Mary Ward, Kris Pearl, Lori Ridgely, Jena Staley, Alicia Robertson]

New National Board Certified Teachers Honored

Five Washington County Public School teachers were recently honored for attaining National Board Certification, a voluntary assessment program that certifies teachers who meet stringent standards, in the effort to improve the teaching profession and positively impact student achievement.
The latest five teachers to reach National Board Certified Teacher status are the following:
* Jena Staley- 8th Grade Math at Northern Middle School
* Kris Pearl- Student Achievement Specialist at Emma K. Doub School for Integrated Arts & Technology
* Lori Ridgely- 6th Grade English/Language Arts at Western Heights Middle School
* Alicia Robertson- Earth & Space Science at Smithsburg High School
* Mary Ward- Art at Clear Spring Middle School
The Washington County Public Schools now boasts 17 teachers who have earned National Board Certification through a lengthy and rigorous process, including submission of an extensive portfolio and assessment of knowledge in content areas. The process can take up to three years for some candidates.