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2 Florence teachers earn National Board certification

December 21, 2018
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Alexandra Sirbu-Green

FLORENCE, S.C. – Two Florence One teachers – Alexandra Sirbu-Green and Wade Hicks, both of Savannah Grove Elementary School – have achieved National Board certification status.

Green and Hicks join seventy-nine educators in the state, representing 30 school districts, who recently earned National Board certification.

Six Florence One teachers have renewed their national certificates:

Debra Bryant, Carver Elementary.Kimberly Cimney, West Florence High.Casey Coker, Briggs Elementary.Michelle Hayes, Southside Middle.Catherine Sanderson, Child Development Center at Woods Road.Carla Summersett, West Florence High School.

They join 513 teachers from 59 school districts who renewed their national certificates, bringing South Carolina’s total number to 9,125.

According to the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, South Carolina remains one of the nation’s leading states for the total number of National Board certified teachers.

Teachers seeking certification participate in 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 recordings of classroom teaching, lesson plans, student work samples and reflective essays, teachers must complete assessment center exercises to prove they have mastered the subjects they teach and also possess the skills to teach them.

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