Eight Sumter School District Educators met National Board Certification renewal requirements, one of the teaching profession’s most respected achievements. Congratulations to Virginia Mota, ESOL Teacher; Gwen Diaz from F.J. DeLaine Elementary; Tammie Morris from Kingsbury Elementary; Michelle McBride from R.E. Davis Elementary; Cynthia Smiley from Shaw Heights Elementary; and Amanda Lane, Susan Mixon, and Denise Robinson from Willow Drive Elementary.

National Board Certification is an advanced teaching credential that accompanies a state teacher’s license for 10 years. Teachers seeking National Board Certification undertake a two-part process that takes from one to three years to complete. The process requires candidates to reflect on their classroom practices, assess their understanding of subject material and examine their preparation techniques. In addition to preparing a portfolio with videotapes of classroom teaching, lesson plans, student work samples and reflective essays, teachers must complete assessment center exercises based on content knowledge that prove they have mastered the subjects they teach and also possess the skills to teach them.

South Carolina remains one of the nation’s leading states for the total number of National Board Certified Teachers.