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2000

Teachers achieve National Board Certification through FMU

FLORENCE – Eighteen area teachers have achieved National Board Certification this year with help from Francis Marion University.

Eight teachers gained the prestigious certification through loans from FMU provided by Pee Dee Electric Cooperative, while 14 educators attended help sessions offered by the university.

National Board Certification is offered by the National Board of Professional Teaching Standards and is a way for the teaching profession to define and recognize highly accomplished practice. A certificate awarded by the National Board attests that a teacher has been judged by his or her peers as one who meets high and rigorous professional standards. He or she has demonstrated the ability, in a variety of settings, to make sound professional judgments about students’ best interests and to act effectively on those judgments.

In South Carolina, nationally certified teachers receive a $7,500 salary increase that is good for the 10-year life of the certification. NBC teachers in South Carolina also do not have to take six semester hours to renew their teaching certificate for the duration of the NBPTS certificate. There are currently 371 teachers with National Board Certification in South Carolina.

Teachers who received National Board Certification in 2000 and had a loan from the FMU Foundation through Pee Dee Electric Cooperative, by school district, are:

Clarendon 3: Merrit Floyd, Valera Goff
Darlington: Melody Krejci, Lynn Essig
Dillon 3: Myra Elvington, June Strickland
Florence 3: Nancy Evans
Florence 5: Melonie Gordon

Teachers who received National Board Certification in 2000 and attended help sessions offered by FMU, by school district, are:

Clarendon 2: Martha Boswell, Rob Briggs
Clarendon 3: Merrit Floyd, Valera Goff
Florence 1: Sabrina Jensen, Ann Nichols
Florence 3: Nancy Evans, Barbara Ward
Florence 5: Melonie Gordon
Horry: Lynn Atkinson
Marion 1: Delia Jones, Rita Lewis, Olivia Cribb
Sumter 17: Patricia Wilson

Help sessions were led by Cindy Wood and Janey Brandis of Florence School District 1, who received National Board Certification in 1998.

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Last Published: May 28, 2004 6:21 AM
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