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45 ANNE ARUNDEL COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS TEACHERS ATTAIN PRESTIGIOUS NATIONAL BOARD CERTIFICATION

Forty-five current Anne Arundel County Public Schools (AACPS) educators are among more than 4,000 nationwide this year to achieve National Board Certified status, the highest teaching credential in the nation, according to data released by the National Board of Professional Teaching Standards.

The county’s class of 2013 ranks 11th in the nation among school systems in the number of National Board Certified Teachers who achieved certification for the first time this year. It brings to 388 the number of educators to earn their initial certification while working in Anne Arundel County, and leaves AACPS second among Maryland school systems. Fourteen members of the 2013 class achieved their second certification, renewing their original certification after 10 years.

“National Board Certification recognizes those who go above and beyond in their quest to better themselves and their delivery of instruction,” Interim Schools Superintendent Mamie J. Perkins said. “These teachers have done exactly that, and their work will be of enormous benefit to untold numbers of children in the years to come. I applaud them for their passion and dedication to AACPS’ most precious resource, our children.”

Anne Arundel’s 2013 class successfully completed rigorous assessments with the assistance of a professional development program offered by the school system. Approximately 100 educators are seeking to earn National Board Certified status this school year.

The following AACPS educators achieved their renewal National Board Certification status in 2013:

The following AACPS educators achieved their initial National Board Certification status in 2013:

“Our county has a great educational system, and these teachers are a prime example of what makes it great,” County Executive Laura Neuman said. “The amount of work that it takes to achieve this certification is impressive, and we owe these teachers and the many others who do so much for our children every day a great deal of gratitude.”

Educators who achieved initial or renewal National Board Certification will be honored at a ceremony on January 15, 2014, at Annapolis High School.