Albemarle Co. Sees Rise in Certified Teachers

December 14, 2012

The number of nationally recognized teachers in Albemarle county public schools is on the rise.

About a dozen teachers across the county recently achieved certification for their work.

Rebecca Bergey teaches English as a second language at Jouett Middle School.

She and ten other Albemarle County teachers recently earned certification from the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards after, what she called, a complex process.

"Four entries, two videos, one student work and one list of accomplishments."

Across the country, only three percent of teachers have met the strict standards for certification. In Virginia, it's just two percent.

The county's goal is to get at least 10 percent of teachers on board, and they're on their way.

"This program has gone from something that a few teachers in isolated areas were taking part in to being a movement here in Albemarle County."

Right now, three dozen other Albemarle County teachers are working on achieving their certification, with the goal of giving their students nationally recognized instruction. Even if it means a little more homework on their part.

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