44 Gwinnett teachers earn National Board Certification









44 Gwinnett teachers earn National Board Certification

In late November, 44 Gwinnett teachers learned that they had successfully completed the process for certification. (Teachers who began the process in another school system may not be included in this total.) Gwinnett’s group of National Board-Certified Teachers is the largest of any Georgia school system, accounting for about 13% of the state's certified teachers this year. This group of Board-certified teachers brings the county total to more than 200, says Dr. Connie Burch of Professional Learning, who works with candidates. Nearly 7,300 U.S. teachers earned certification in the 2005 cycle, according to the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards. In Georgia, 328 teachers earned certification, with the state total now at 2,119 Board-certified teachers.

GCPS’ newest Board-certified teachers are Jenna Abney of Duncan Creek Elementary, Donna Ahlswede of Collins Hill High, Amanda Allen of Harbins Elementary, Cindy Beebe of Brookwood Elementary, Dr. Staci Roth of Parkview High, Allison Bishop of Norcross High, Kimberly Casey of Lanier Middle, Shelley Churchill-Boggs of Collins Hill High, Connie Davis of Lilburn Middle, Carrie Doker of Sugar Hill Elementary, Suzanne Elder of Alton C. Crews Middle, Mark Erb of Central Gwinnett High, April Gann of Collins Hill High, Beth Granger of Benefield Elementary, Lori Guidi of Summerour Middle, Barbara Guillory of Duluth Middle, Anne Haddox of J.P. McConnell Middle, Laura Herbig of Collins Hill High, Carol Jordan of Mill Creek High, Janice Justice of Maxwell High School of Technology, Marisa Kana of Grayson Elementary, Susan Kramer of Peachtree Ridge High, Abby Lockhart of Dr. M.H. Mason Jr. Elementary, Donna Malcom of Dr. M.H. Mason Jr. Elementary, Jill Melancon of Norcross High, Dotty Moore of Phoenix High, Susan Oates of Glenn C. Jones Middle, Jan Parker of Alton C. Crews Middle, Jim Reason of Duluth High, Kathy Risch of Sugar Hill Elementary, Donna Rothell of South Gwinnett High, Evelyn Schneider of Arcado Elementary, Todd Shultz of Phoenix High, Kristin Smetzer of Collins Hill High, Dawn Smith of Centerville Elementary, Marian Stalvey of Frank N. Osborne Middle, Terry Starner of Duncan Creek Elementary, Sue Tavernier of Dacula Elementary, Julie Treadwell of Sugar Hill Elementary, Kristy Verdi of Walnut Grove Elementary, Kathy Wallace of Frank N. Osborne Middle, Doreen Williams of Shiloh Middle, Lori Wimmer of J.E. Richards Middle, and Sherry Wooten of Duluth Middle.

This voluntary process involves a rigorous performance-based assessment that takes nearly a year to complete. Through the process, teachers document subject-matter knowledge, provide evidence that they teach their subjects most effectively, and demonstrate their ability to manage and measure student learning.