Three teachers earn their National Board Certification; six renew
Congratulations to three Hampton City Schools teachers who recently earned their National Board Teacher certification. Six teachers also renewed their certification. Teachers who earned their certification for the first time are: Courtney Farries of Jones Magnet Middle School, Kisha Jones of Bassette Elementary School, and Meagan King of Bassette Elementary School. Teachers who renewed their certification include: Elizabeth Barnwell of Jones Magnet Middle School, Karen Estes of Spratley Gifted Center, Kathleen Harrison of Hampton High School, Stephanie Harry of Kecoughtan High School, Melanie Howard of Kecoughtan High School, and Dawn Napier of the department of academic advancement & enrichment.
Farries, who earned her NBCT in the area of Exceptional Needs Specialist Early Childhood Through Young Adulthood – Mild/Moderate Disabilities, is a special education teacher at Jones Magnet Middle School. She has been with HCS for three years and previously worked in Williamsburg-James City County. Farries earned her bachelor of science in interdisciplinary studies with a specialization in special education K-12 from Old Dominion University. In her free time she enjoys reading, traveling and spending time with her family.
Jones, earned her NBCT in the area of Generalist-Ages 3-8, Early Childhood. She is a first grade teacher at Bassette Elementary School. She has been teaching six years with three of those years in Hampton. Jones earned her bachelor of arts in Spanish from the University of Virginia, an elementary master of teaching from the University of Virginia. She is currently pursing an educational specialist degree in the HCS leadership cohort through Old Dominion University (ODU). “I am very excited to be Nationally Board Certified,” said Jones. “It is a great honor and I am very thankful for HCS granting me the scholarship to pursue it.”
King earned her NBCT certification in the area of Generalist-Early Childhood. She is currently a literacy support specialist at Bassette and is currently in her eighth year with HCS. She previously spent five years as a first grade teacher and two years as a reading interventionist. King earned her undergraduate degree in psychology from Christopher Newport University (CNU), her master in teaching from CNU. She is currently enrolled in the HCS ODU leadership cohort. King is also a proud product of HCS, having attended Barron Fundamental Elementary School, Syms Middle School, and Kecoughtan High School.
Barnwell earned her NBCT certification in Early Adolescence/Mathematics. She is presently the instructional leader for math at Jones Magnet Middle School. She has been with HCS for 27 years. She earned her bachelor of arts and master of arts in teaching from CNU.
Estes earned her NBCT certification in the area of Social Studies-History Early Adolescence. She is currently a United States history teacher at Spratley Gifted Center. This is her thirteenth year teaching in HCS in the gifted program. Estes taught five years at Jones Magnet Middle School and eight years at Spratley. She previously taught in Newport News. She has a bachelor of science degree in history with a minor in business from Northern Michigan University. Her master in education is from ODU.
Harrison earned her NBCT certification in Adolescence and Young Adulthood/Science.
She is currently the science instructional leader and a science teacher at Hampton High School. She has been with HCS for 17 years and previously held positions at Southern Seminary Junior College and Tidewater Community College. Harrison earned her bachelor of science and master of science degrees from Virginia Tech. She majored in animal science. “I love teaching and learning at HCS,” said Harrison.
Harry earned her NBCT certification in Adolescent and Young Science, with a concentration in Chemistry. She is the only National Board Certified chemistry teacher in HCS. She currently teaches honors chemistry at Kecoughtan High School and dual-enrollment chemistry at Bethel High School. Harry earned her bachelor of science-chemistry and her master of arts in teaching-chemistry from Norfolk State University. She has worked for HCS for over 22 years. She is also an adjunct professor at Thomas Nelson Community College.
Howard earned her NBCT certification is in Early Adolescent to Young Adult World Languages Other Than English with a concentration on French. She is currently a French teacher and foreign language instructional leader at Kecoughtan High School. Howard earned her bachelor of applied arts and sciences in French education from the University of Delaware. She has worked for HCS for 28 years and previously worked as a French teacher at Gloucester High School. Howard also worked as a content developer for the WHRO French I course during 2015-16.
Napier earned her NBCT certification in the category of Middle Childhood Generalist. She is currently an elementary gifted resource teacher and a gifted instructional leader with the department of academic advancement and enrichment. Napier has been with HCS for 14 years and previously worked as a second and fourth grade teacher at Langley Elementary School. She has also served as grade chair, math instructional leader, new teacher mentor, student teacher supervisor, a state SOL revision committee member. Napier earned her bachelor of arts in elementary education from Concordia College and her master of education degree from the University of Maryland, College Park, MD. She has a gifted certification through Shenandoah University.
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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As stated in School Board Policy AC, Hampton City Schools (“HCS”) does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, gender, age, disability or other protected class in its programs, activities and employment practices and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. HCS also prohibits retaliation under School Board Policy GBAH for the purpose of interfering with a person’s rights and/or privileges under federal civil rights laws, which can include: (i) raising concerns with Division personnel about a civil rights violation; (ii) asserting a right or advocating for the rights of a student or employee under federal civil rights laws; or (iii) participating in a complaint investigation or related proceedings.
All individuals are encouraged to promptly report any incident they believe to be discrimination, harassment or retaliation in violation of HCS School Board Policy. All reports should be made to the HCS Compliance Officer, who also serves as the HCS Executive Director of Human Resources. Upon receiving a report of alleged discrimination, harassment or retaliation, the Compliance Officer shall promptly authorize an investigation into the complaint, determine whether the alleged act occurred, and determine whether any action must be taken to end or prevent further harassment, discrimination, or retaliation. For more information about this process, please review School Board Policy GBAB-R.Should you have any questions about these procedures or the contents of this notice, please contact Hampton City Schools Compliance Officer at: One Franklin Street, Hampton, VA 23669 or (757) 727-2300.
HAMPTON CITY SCHOOLS WEBSITE ACCESSIBILITY NOTICE
Hampton City Schools (HCS) is committed to making its website accessible for all, including individuals with disabilities, and strives to ensure accessibility currently and as new technologies emerge. The division welcomes questions and feedback on the site’s accessibility at each development phase. By clicking on “Contact” at the upper right of the main webpage, all users are able to “Help Resolve a Concern,” “Share a Story,” “Provide Feedback,” and “Ask a Question.” Additionally, the Contact Us page provides direct email access to HCS Webmaster Vickie Carper, email@example.com.
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Please note that some pages on the HCS website contain links to third-party sites. HCS is not responsible for the content, facts, opinions or accessibility of third-party sites.
HCS WEBMASTER AND ACCESSIBILITY
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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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HCS monitors all technology resource activity and requires all employees, students and individuals with access to HCS computer systems and networks to annually read and sign an Acceptable Use Policy. See School Board Policy IIBEA for Students; School Board Policy GBBB for Employees.
Our continuing goal is for the HCS website to be accessible to individuals with disabilities in compliance with the requirements of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and that statute's implementing regulations at 34 C.F.R. Part 104, and Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and that statute's implementing regulations at 28 C.F.R. Part 35.
Good faith efforts are being made to ensure that our website complies with web accessibility standards. In addition to the federal regulations above, we are actively working to conform to level AA of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0.
Prior to posting new website content, the HCS Webmaster determines if the proposed content meets the criteria of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C). Periodically the HCS Webmaster checks the website with a recognized website checker such as 508 Checker and WAVE. If the audit identifies issues of concern or content errors that impede accessibility to any user, the concerns/errors are evaluated and remedied within a six-week period.
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