Friday, December 15, 2000

Master teachers prove mettle




By Lori Hayes
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        Kentucky has more than doubled its number of nationally certified teachers this year and Ohio continued in the top tier of states with master teachers.

        The National Board for Professional Teaching Standards certified a record number of teachers this year, with 4,720 earning the title of master teacher.

[photo] Newly certified master teacher Barb Berringer gets a response to her question from Steven Nelson (left) and Tony Mayes.
(Patrick Reddy photo)
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        National board certification is a year-long assessment of skills that includes a lengthy portfolio, videotaped classroom lessons and a day of testing.

        “It made me reflect on what I had done here at the school. It analyzed what I had done well and what I can improve on,” said Barb Berringer, a fourth-grade teacher at Grandview Elementary in Bellevue and the district's first teacher to get national certification.

        Among this year's class are 331 Ohio teachers, bringing the state's total to 924, behind only North Carolina and Florida.

        While national certification could bring new opportunities, the designation mostly brings the self-satisfaction of knowing that you're a good teacher, said Jane Miller, a special education teacher at Holmes Elementary in Deer Park Community School District.

        “It's really an analytical process,” she said. “You're telling what you do, why you do it and how it impacts student learning. Everything you write about in your teaching you have to back up with evidence.”

        Kentucky teachers who are certified will get stipends to help pay for the $2,000 application fee, a $2,000 salary bonus for the life of the certificate and stipends for mentoring teachers.

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        Fifty-five teachers in Greater Cincinnati were certified this year by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards. They include:

Ohio

Julia M. Ague, Cincinnati Public, Early Adolescence/Science
Janice A. Beaver, Cincinnati Public, Early Childhood/Generalist
Ann Marie Brubaker, Sycamore Community Schools, Middle Childhood/Generalist
Brenda Childs, Cincinnati Public, Early Childhood/Generalist
Gary Combs, Cincinnati Public, Middle Childhood/Generalist
Amy Marie Davis, Northwest Local, Middle Childhood/Generalist
Christal A. Wikoff Davis, Milford Exempted Village School District, Adolescence and Young Adulthood/English Language Arts
Carol J. Dockery, Milford Exempted Village School District, Early Childhood/Generalist
Kelly A. Doren, Mason City Schools, Early Adolescence/Social Studies-History
Mary L. Fisher,Cincinnati Public, Early Childhood/Generalist
Cynthia Freeman-Coultas, Indian Hill Exempted Village Schools, Adolescence and Young Adulthood/English Language Arts
Lisa M. Glines,Cincinnati Public, Early Adolescence/Mathematics
Jane A. Gomez, Wilmington City Schools, Early Childhood/Generalist
Patricia A. Hadden, Deer Park City Schools, Early Childhood/Generalist
Catherine Haerr, Sycamore Community Schools, Middle Childhood/Generalist
Sharon L. Hall, Kings Local, Early Childhood/Generalist
Jennifer L. Hanneken, Three Rivers Local, Early Childhood/Generalist
Deborah Hartigan, West Clermont Local, Adolescence and Young Adulthood/English Language Arts
Alberta Hemsley, Cincinnati Public, Adolescence and Young Adulthood/Science
Jennifer D. Hester, Batavia Local, Early Adolescence/Mathematics
Stacy W. Huxell, Cincinnati Public, Early Adolescence/Mathematics
Martha Kleinfelter, Great Oaks Institute Of Technology, Early Adolescence/Social Studies-History
Debora A. Liberi, Cincinnati Public, Early Adolescence/Science
Barbara Luken Lindeman, Cincinnati Public, Middle Childhood/Generalist
Patrick D. Marrinan, Xenia Community Schools, Adolescence and Young Adulthood/Social Studies-History
Dori L. Martz, Oak Hills Local, Early Adolescence/Science
Jenny R. May, Mason City Schools, Early Adolescence/English Language Arts
Patricia A. McGraw, Indian Hill Exempted Village Schools, Early Childhood/Generalist
Joyce Mellott, Cincinnati Public, Middle Childhood/Generalist
Jane L. Miller, Deer Park City Schools, Early Childhood through Young Adulthood/Exceptional Needs Specialist
Daniel Mueller, Mason City Schools, Adolescence and Young Adulthood/Science
Donna C. Neumann, Mariemont City Schools, Adolescence and Young Adulthood/English Language Arts
Melissa L. Oakley, Forest Hills, Early Childhood/Generalist
Caroline A. O'Connor, Loveland, Early Childhood/Generalist
Fayanne Saunders, Wilmington City Schools, Early Childhood/Generalist
Kari L. Schoonover, Mason City Schools, Early Adolescence/English Language Arts
Judith Simmons, Cincinnati, Middle Childhood/Generalist
Joe D. Spurlock, Forest Hills, Adolescence and Young Adulthood/Science
Linda M. Stone, St. Bernard-Elmwood Place City Schools, Middle Childhood/Generalist
Barbara Strickland, Lebanon City Schools, Adolescence and Young Adulthood/Mathematics
Lorry Swindler, Wilmington City Schools, Early Childhood/Generalist
Joan A. Tapia, Northwest Local, Early Childhood through Young Adulthood/Exceptional Needs Specialist
Mary Jos Uchtman, Cincinnati Public, Early Childhood/Generalist
Claude F. Wilson Jr., Cincinnati Public, Adolescence and Young Adulthood/Science.

Kentucky

M. Susan Ankenbauer, Boone County, Early Adolescence/English Language Arts
Barbara A. Berringer, Bellevue Independent, Early Childhood/Generalist
Mary Melville Fabish, Ludlow Independent, Middle Childhood/Generalist
Vicki R. Kaufman, Campbell County, Middle Childhood/Generalist
Rae A. McEntyre, Gallatin County, Adolescence and Young Adulthood/Science
Krista J. Moreland, Campbell County, Early Childhood through Young Adulthood/Exceptional Needs Specialist
Sharon F. Parker, Gallatin County, Adolescence and Young Adulthood/Science
Gina Rack, Pendleton County, Early Adolescence/English Language Arts
Karen A. Rod gers, Walton-Verona Independent, Early Adolescence/Social Studies-History
Mary D. Sketch,Kenton County, Early Childhood through Young Adulthood/Exceptional Needs Specialist
Thomas J. Stull, Ludlow Independent, Adolescence and Young Adulthood/Mathematics.



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