MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — The National Board for Professional Teaching Standards and Berkeley County Schools have announced six additional educators have been awarded certification.

In addition, four additional educators have received a renewal for their existing certifications. This brings the total of nationally certified teachers in Berkeley County to 106, the highest in West Virginia.

“While holding the top spot in the state is fantastic, it is the extreme amount of time and dedication that each of these candidates provided to this process that is the most impressive,” said Berkeley County Schools National Board coordinator Anne Laskey. “Our Board of Education fully supports the efforts of the educators who embark on this journey and gives its full support to the NBCT (National Board Certified Teachers) process.”

According to NBCT’s website, each educator earns this achievement by going through a ‘rigorous, performance-based, peer-review process, demonstrating their proven impact on student learning and achievement’.

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Berkeley County Schools Superintendent Manny Arvon

“We are thrilled to celebrate the hard work and success with each of our new and renewing NBCT’s,” said Berkeley County Schools Superintendent Manny Arvon. “This is a great personal accomplishment, but it’s more than that. This accomplishment is reason to celebrate the impact board-certified teachers have on thousands of students across Berkeley County Schools and on the teaching profession at-large.”

Berkeley County educators recently added to the list are Shirleen Moore, Michelle Sexton, Ryan Lawn, Lori Frye, Liz Vannoy and Tiffany Remsburg. Those achieving re-certification are Dottie Pownall, Melanie Cox, Julaine Pfund and Melissa Burton.