Four additional Chesterfield teachers have achieved National Board certification, which is one of the highest credentials in education, and two National Board Certified Teachers have renewed their certification. They will be honored during a regional pinning ceremony at 5 p.m. Jan. 12 at Virginia Commonwealth University in the W.E. Singleton Center for the Performing Arts, 922 Park Ave.
A total of 89 National Board Certified Teachers are now working in Chesterfield County Public Schools. Here are Chesterfield’s newest NBCTs:
- Maria DiSanto, first-grade teacher at Elizabeth Scott Elementary
- Gina Hackett, English teacher at Lloyd C. Bird High
- Robyn S. Hilton, career and technical education teacher at Thomas Dale High
- Martha Wild, who teaches math and fifth grade in the Center Based Gifted program at Greenfield Elementary
Teachers who renewed their certifications are:
- Judith Leshen, first-grade teacher at Elizabeth Scott Elementary who earned certification in 2001
- Lindsay Porzio, fifth-grade teacher at Bon Air Elementary who earned certification in 2002
National Board Certification is considered the gold standard for excellence in teaching. A voluntary assessment program designed to develop, recognize and retain accomplished teachers, National Board certification is achieved through a performance-based assessment that typically takes one to three years to complete. Certification lasts 10 years, then may be renewed for an additional 10 years.