National Board Certification - the "gold standard" for teaching excellence - was celebrated December 7th at a White House event heralding the newest class of 6,200 board certified teachers, which brings to nearly 100,000 the total number of board certified teachers in the U.S.
"National board certification is synonymous with great teaching. While our nation is focused on the need for the highest quality teachers, board certification truly is the gold standard," said Ronald Thorpe, president and CEO of the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards.
National Board Certification is achieved through a rigorous, performance-based assessment of a teacher's pedagogical skills and content knowledge. The certification takes one to three years to complete.
Teachers earning 2011 certification grew by eight in Bullitt County Public Schools bringing the district total to 58.
Theresa Cox earned National Certification in Generalist/Middle School; Brandi Forman in Literacy: Reading-Language Arts/Early and Middle Childhood; and Dana Murphy in Generalist/Middle Childhood. All are teachers at Crossroads Elementary School.
Lindy Meyer of Lebanon Junction Elementary School is now Nationally Certified in Generalist/Middle Childhood.
Ashley Gallusser of Maryville Elementary School has National Certification in Literacy: Reading-Language Arts/Early and Middle Childhood.
Karen Kerns of Overdale Elementary School earned National Certification in Generalist/Early Childhood.
Stefanie Kleinholter of Mt. Washington Elementary School earned her National Certification in Generalist/Middle Childhood.
Ashley Byerley of Shepherdsville Elementary School earned National Certification in Literacy: Reading-Language Arts/Early and Middle Childhood.
In 2010, there were seven BCPS teachers who earned national board certification ranking the district 5th in Kentucky.
The district's eight educators are part of 289 newly national certified teachers in Kentucky bringing the Commonwealth's total to 2,449 or an increase in 13.4% from the previous school year.
Kentucky ranks 11 out of the 50 states with 2,449 teachers. The number one state is North Carolina with 19,193 national board certified teachers.
Over a five year period, Kentucky has increased its number of nationally certified teachers by 116.3%.
Nationally, a total of 6,266 teachers became National Board Certified in 2011, bringing the total number of teachers certified by NBPTS to 97,291.
Superintendent Keith Davis lauded each educator for her accomplishment.
"I appreciate the dedication and intense commitment it required to earn this distinction," he said. "While I am impressed with their new credential, these individuals are simply being nationally recognized as the excellent teachers we already knew them to be."
Bullitt County Public Schools has nearly 13,000 students in grades kindergarten through 12. There are 25 school facilities, a certified staff of over 850 and a classified staff of over 850 working every school day to make the district the leader in educational excellence.