National Board Certification

Teachers reaching higher standards means better learning for all students.

Every student deserves to be taught by an accomplished teacher. National Board Certification was designed to develop, retain and recognize accomplished teachers and to generate ongoing improvement in schools nationwide. It is the most respected professional certification available in K-12 education.


Reasons to Certify

  • Students learn more. A decade of research shows that students of Board-certified teachers learn more than their peers without Board-certified teachers. Studies have also found that the positive impact of having a Board-certified teacher is even greater for minority and low-income students.
  • Teachers improve their practice. Board Certification allows teachers to hone their practice, showcase their talent in the classroom and demonstrate their dedication to their students and their profession.
  • Demonstrate a commitment to excellence. Schools with National Board Certified Teachers are characterized by better teacher morale and retention and increased community involvement.


Financial Benefits

  • Salary incentives to encourage teachers to pursue and achieve National Board Certification.
    • Bedford County adds an additional $1000.00 to your annual salary as a separate stipend.
    • Each December the government gives you a financial reward: (per funds being available)
      • Initial $5,000 award
      • Subsequent $2,500 annually for life of certificate
  • Board certification counts toward state licensure renewal.
  • If interested in pursuing National Board you may apply for Tuition Assistance (TAP) to help cover up to $1000 of the fees.

Component 1:

Content Knowledge

40% of total score

Component 2:

Differentiation in Instruction

15% of total score

Component 3:

Teaching Practice and Learning Environment

30% of total score

Component 4:

Effective and Reflective Practitioner

15% of total score

5 Core Propositions: the profession's vision for accomplished teaching

Proposition 1: Teachers are committed to students and their learning

Proposition 2: Teachers know the subjects they teach and how to teach those subjects to students

Proposition 3: Teachers are responsible for managing and monitoring student learning

Proposition 4: Teachers think systematically about their practice and learn from experience

Proposition 5: Teachers are members of learning communities

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Possess a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution
  • Have completed three years of successful teaching
  • Hold a valid state teaching license for each of the three years of employment you verify

Who has earned National Board Certification in Bedford County?

  • Ellen Fagan, Moneta Elementary School, Generalist/Middle Childhood
  • Jon Frye, St. River High School, Social Studies-History/Adolescence And Young Adulthood
  • Heidi Hackworth, Forest Middle School, English Language Arts/Early Adolescence
  • Sara Jackson, New London Academy, Generalist/Early Childhood
  • Patricia McDouall, Liberty Middle School, Science/Early Adolescence
  • Donnie Norman, Jefferson Forest High School, Physical Education/Early Adolescence Through Young Adulthood
  • Clell Smyth, Forest Middle School, Social Studies-History/Early Adolescence
  • Diane Sosa, Forest Elementary School, Generalist/Early Childhood
  • Melinda Sprinkle, Forest Middle School, Social Studies-History/Early Adolescence
  • Lisa Taylor, Huddleston Elementary School, Generalist/Early Childhood
  • Sherry Wiese, School Board Office, Social Studies-History/Adolescence And Young Adulthood

Which Certificate Area Will you Pursue?

  • Art
  • Career and Technical Education
  • English as a New Language
  • English Language Arts
  • Exceptional Needs Specialist
  • Generalist Early Childhood
  • Generalist Middle Childhood
  • Health Education
  • Library Media
  • Literacy: Reading-Language Arts
  • Mathematics
  • Music
  • Physical Education
  • School Counseling
  • Science
  • Social Studies-History
  • World Languages

More information regarding National Board Certification: https://www.nbpts.org/