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Eileen Bellows
Eileen Bellows
Michelle Bowers
Michelle Bowers
Sally Lewis
Sally Lewis
Dr. Anne Sutton
Dr. Anne Sutton
Christine Woods
Christine Woods

Five teachers earn their National Board Certified Teacher renewal

Five Hampton City Schools teachers recently earned their National Board Certified Teacher (NBCT) renewal.  Teachers who renewed include: Eileen Bellows of Machen Elementary School, Michelle Bowers of Armstrong School for the Arts, Sally Lewis of Kecoughtan High School, Dr. Anne Sutton of Phoebus High School, and Christine Woods of Kecoughtan High School.

Bellows, who earned her NBCT in the Early Childhood Generalist area, is the literacy support specialist at Machen.  She began this position in 2016 and prior to that date was a literacy coach at Tyler Elementary School and Machen, a reading specialist at Andrews PreK-8 School, a reading coach at Tarrant Elementary School, Wythe Elementary School, and Andrews, and served as a teacher at Asbury Elementary School.  Prior to coming to Hampton in 2000, Bellows worked in Newport News Public Schools and Henrico County Public Schools.

Bowers, who also earned her NBCT in the Early Childhood Generalist area, is a kindergarten teacher at Armstrong.  Having been in Hampton City Schools for 23 years, she also taught at Cooper Elementary School, and served as a teacher in the gifted department.  She presently serves as the science instructional leader, the SCA advisor, the National Elementary Honor Society advisor, and is a member of the School Learning Team.

Lewis earned her NBCT in Adolescence and Young Adulthood Biology.  She is a graduate of Kecoughtan and has been a science teacher at Kecoughtan for 16 years.  She has worked for HCS for 20 years. Lewis was the 2006 Kecoughtan Teacher of the Year and was named the Virginia Association of Science Teachers Biology Teacher of the Year in 2010.    

Sutton earned her NBCT certification in School Counseling.  She is presently a school counselor at Phoebus.  While she has worked in York County Public Schools and Poquoson Public Schools as a teacher and a counselor, she has spent most of her career at Phoebus as a counselor.  Interestingly, Sutton’s mother was also a counselor at Phoebus and worked in the same office that her daughter is in today.

Woods earned her NBCT certification in Library Media PK-12.  She is presently the teacher-librarian/media specialist at Kecoughtan.  She also worked as a media specialist in York County Public Schools for 13 years before coming to HCS and Kecoughtan in 2007.  Woods was the teacher of the year for Kecoughtan in 2010.

From the National Board Certification website:

National Board Certification is the most respected professional certification available in education and provides numerous benefits to teachers, students and schools. It was designed to develop, retain and recognize accomplished teachers and to generate ongoing improvement in schools nationwide.

While teacher licensure systems set the basic requirements to teach in each state, completion of National Board Certification signifies that teachers have voluntarily gone much further. NBCTs have developed and demonstrated the advanced knowledge, skills and practices required of an outstanding educator.

Standards for each content area and developmental level are created by teachers, for teachers. They represent a consensus among educators about what accomplished, effective teachers should know and be able to do to improve student learning and achievement. Board certification is available in 25 certificate areas, from Pre-K through 12th grade.

Certification consists of four components: assessment of content knowledge, reflection on student work samples, video and analysis of teaching practice, and documentation of the impact of assessment and collaboration on student learning. Throughout its more than 25-year history, the National Board has sought to review and revise its standards and certification process to reflect best practices in teaching. Throughout the process, teachers will be able to apply what they have learned to their classroom practice and connect with other teachers pursuing certification. Recognizing the many demands on teachers’ time, the process is designed to be flexible, efficient and affordable.

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The HCS website is designed and monitored by HCS Webmaster Vickie Carper, who serves as the gatekeeper for website content and accessibility.   The Webmaster is under the direction of the Executive Director of Public Relations and Marketing, supervised by the Director of Graphics.

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When submitting a question or concern via email, “accessibility” should be included in the subject line.  Every reasonable attempt will be made to address the user’s concern within twenty-four hours.  To assist HCS in responding appropriately, all inquiries should include the following information:

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·      The format in which the user prefers to receive the material;

·      The user’s contact information, including preferred method of contact.

Some documents on the website are in a portable document format (PDF).  The Adobe website provides a free service to convert Acrobat PDF files to other formats, including text and HTML.  Adobe’s web-based tool will quickly change an Acrobat file into an HTML file or textile.  The online PDF conversion form is available on the online conversion tool for using Adobe Acrobat.  With this tool, users can read PDF files with a screen reader.  Adobe and the Trace Research Center also offer a free Acrobat conversion service that converts PDF files to text or HTML format by sending a user’s request via email.  All individuals with internet service can access the online conversion tool for using Adobe Acrobat PDF website.


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