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Three more Spotsy teachers attain national certification status

Susan Catlett, Riverbend High

Three more Spotsylvania County staff members have become National Board Certified Teachers, the school division announced this week. That brings the division’s total to 57.

The three new people to earn the certification are:

  • Susan Catlett – Riverbend High
  • David Wessel – Riverbend High
  • Kristine Remudaro – Chancellor Elementary

David Wessel, Riverbend High

The National Board for Professional Teaching Standards established the certification process, which is defined on its web site as follows.
National Board Certification is an advanced teaching credential. It complements, but does not replace, a state’s teacher license. It is valid for 10 years, and renewal candidates must begin the renewal process during their eighth or ninth years as NBCTs.

Kristine Remudaro, Chancellor Elementary

National Board Certification is achieved upon successful completion of a voluntary assessment program designed to recognize effective and accomplished teachers who meet high standards based on what teachers should know and be able to do. National Board Certification is available nationwide for most preK–12 teachers.

As part of the certification process, candidates complete 10 assessments that are reviewed by trained teachers in their certificate areas. The assessments include four portfolio entries that feature teaching practice and six constructed response exercises that assess content knowledge.

NBPTS is an independent, nonprofit, nonpartisan and nongovernmental organization, formed in 1987. Its stated mission is “to advance the quality of teaching and learning by developing professional standards for accomplished teaching, creating a voluntary system to certify teachers who meet those standards and integrating certified teachers into educational reform efforts.”