Thirty-Six Teachers Earn or Renew Certification from the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards

By Communication and Community Relations
March 14, 2023

Thirty-six Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) teachers have achieved or renewed certification from the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS). 

FCPS congratulates the following eight newly certified National Board teachers: Nadeen Zoorba (Shrevewood Elementary School), Rayna Rossini (Camelot Elementary), Corinne Nutall (Edison High School), Haeyoung Lee (Mount Vernon High School), Pam Miles (Edison High School), Rebecca Edmondson (Key Center), Gretchen Snyder (Westfield High School), and Michelle McCarten (Daniels Run Elementary). 

The following board-certified teachers have renewed their board certification for an additional term: Daniel Noll (South Lakes High School), Melissa Grant (Great Falls Elementary School), Nancy Walker (Herndon High School), Angela Rizzo (Marshall High School), Caren Eclarinal (Pine Spring Elementary School), Catherine Giacomo (Bailey’s Elementary School), Gloretta Durrant (Bailey’s Upper Elementary School), Jenifer Hitchcock (Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology), Kathleen Limbaugh (Chesterbrook Elementary School), Kathleen Mathis (Annandale High School), Michelle McKenna (Columbia Elementary School), Sydney Riffe (Westlawn Elementary School), Jennifer Orr (Ft. Belvoir Upper School), Kristen Reynolds-Nittle (Crestwood Elementary School), Andrea Trumbull (Ravensworth Elementary School), Bradley Webster (Robinson Secondary School), Emilia Rastrick (Liberty Middle School), Emily VanDerhoff (Hunt Valley Elementary School), Eula Davis (William Halley Elementary School), Jacquie Diggs (Kings Park Elementary School), Michele Shirey (Bonnie Brae Elementary School), Richard Hoppock (Lake Braddock Secondary School), Rosemary Nevin (Terra Centre Elementary School), Dayle Ranallo (Katherine Johnson Middle School), Debbie Nix (Virginia Run Elementary School), Karen Molloy (Chantilly High School), Lisa Choi (Fairfax Villa Elem School), and Lisa Greeves (Fairfax High School).  

The National Board Certification program in FCPS began over 20 years ago, and more than 500 FCPS teachers have achieved this prestigious certification. FCPS is ranked in the top five for both new National Board certified teachers and current National Board certification candidates in the state of Virginia. FCPS ranks in the top 30 school districts nationwide for the number of National Board-certified teachers, with over 300 active National Board-certified teachers currently supporting students and schools. Seventy-five percent of National Board-certified teachers in FCPS work directly with students while others have moved into leadership roles throughout the division.  

Initial certification and renewal of National Board Certification asks teachers to compile and submit a portfolio that documents their high-quality instruction and ability to differentiate, as well as demonstrates how their practices continue to align with the Five Core Propositions of Accomplished Teaching in their certificate area. The Office of Professional Learning and Equity provides free professional development, tuition reimbursement, and individualized support through the Academy Course program to those teachers renewing certification or seeking initial certification.

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