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Four teachers earn their National Board Certification; seven renew

Congratulations to four Hampton City Schools teachers who recently earned their National Board Teacher certification.  Seven teachers also renewed their certification.  Teachers who earned their certification for the first time are:  Stacey Mata of Kecoughtan High School, Charlene Ralls of Machen Elementary School, Heather Roberts of Aberdeen Elementary School, and Jessica Townsend of Forrest Elementary School. Teachers who renewed their certification include: Shirley Eileen Adams of Phillips Elementary School, Mary Beth Crawford of Academic Advancement & Enrichment, Melissa Duckworth of Kecoughtan High School, Nicole Mbaiornonde of Cooper Elementary Magnet School for Technology, Gabrielle Palma of Bryan Elementary School, Christine Rogers-Rader of Booker Elementary School, and Lillie Smith of Andrews PreK-8 School.

Mata, who earned her NBCT in the area of Physical Education, Early Adolescence through Young Adulthood (EAYA), has been employed as a health and physical education teacher with HCS for two and a half years. Prior to joining HCS, Mata worked as a youth sports and fitness director for the Department of Defense at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam in Honolulu, HI. She holds a bachelor of science degree in physical education from the State University of New York at Cortland and a master of science degree in teaching in health education from the State University of New York at Cortland. Mata is also a National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) certified personal trainer, corrective exercise specialist, and fitness nutrition specialist. She created the Sports Medicine 1 Curriculum that falls under the Governor’s Health Science Academy: Therapeutic Services pathway.

Ralls, a reading interventionist, earned her NBCT in the area of Generalist: Middle Childhood. She has worked in this position for 11 years and previously worked as a third grade teacher in both Hampton and North Carolina, and was a tutor with Sylvan Learning Center. Ralls earned her bachelor of arts degree from Southeastern University and is currently enrolled in a master’s program at Old Dominion University. She was the teacher of the year for her school in 2015.

Roberts earned her NBCT in the area of Literacy: Reading-Language Arts/Early and Middle Childhood. She is currently a reading specialist and has been a member of the HCS family for 12 years. Prior positions include, serving as a classroom teacher at Moton and Phenix and as a reading interventionist at Aberdeen. Roberts earned a bachelor of education in early childhood education from the University of Toledo, a master of arts in education from The George Washington University, and a master of education in reading from Liberty University. She also works for Pearson Education as an EdTPA assessor and was Aberdeen’s teacher of the year in 2018.

Townsend earned her NBCT recertification in the area of Middle Childhood Generalist. She currently serves as a Title I math interventionist and has been with HCS for eight years. She previously worked as a classroom teacher in Newport News. Townsend earned a bachelor of science in interdisciplinary students preK-6 and a master’s in elementary education preK-6 from Old Dominion University. “When I started teaching, National Board Certification seemed so out of reach,” said Townsend. “I am very thankful that Hampton was so supportive in my NBCT journey, which allowed me to accomplish such a major career goal.”

Adams, who serves as a special education inclusion teacher, renewed her NBCT in the area of Early Childhood to Young Adult Special Needs. She has been with HCS for 16 years. Previous positions include, serving as a special education teacher in Baton Rouge, LA, a private hospital, and in Norfolk. She also served as reading teacher in Hampton. Adams earned her bachelor of fine arts degree and master of arts in special education from Louisiana State University. In addition, she earned an education specialist in reading degree from the University of Virginia, and a doctorate of philosophy in educational leadership from Old Dominion University.

Crawford, who currently serves as a gifted resource teacher at Armstrong School for the Arts and Barron Fundamental Elementary School, recertified her NBCT in the area of Middle Childhood Generalist. This is her eighteenth year teaching, 14 of those being with HCS. Other positions include, serving as a classroom teacher at Cary Elementary School, Bryan Elementary School, Spratley Gifted Center, and Village Preparatory School in Cleveland, OH. She earned a bachelor of arts degree in anthropology from the College of Wooster and a gifted endorsement from Shenandoah University. Crawford is the mother of two girls who attend Spratley.

Duckworth earned her NBCT recertification in the area of Adolescence and Young Adulthood/English Language Arts. She has been teaching 30 years with all of them being in HCS. She presently teaches 11th, 12th, and dual enrollment English. Duckworth earned a bachelor of arts degree from Christopher Newport College (now University) and a master of arts from Old Dominion University.

Mbaiornonde has recertified in the area of Early and Middle Childhood/Music. She is in her eighteenth year teaching in HCS and is currently a music teacher. Previous positions include, being an adjunct piano instructor and collaborative pianist at Hampton University. She earned a bachelor of music from Baylor University and a master of music education from Shenandoah University. She said she enjoys performing as a collaborative pianist outside of school.

Palma earned NBCT recertification in the area of Middle Childhood Generalist. She is currently a reading interventionist who has been a part of the HCS family for 15 years. She previous taught kindergarten and third grade in California, fourth grade at Cary Elementary School, and was a reading coach at the former Tarrant Elementary School. Palma earned a bachelor of science and a master’s degree in education from Louisiana State University. She balances her time and work with her husband and three children.

Rogers-Rader is currently a school counselor and earned her NBCT recertification in the area of Counseling. She is currently in her sixteenth year with HCS and previously worked as a private practice licensed clinical counselor. She earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology and criminal justice and a master’s degree in counseling from Old Dominion University. She also earned a Ph.D. in clinical psychology and counseling from the College of William and Mary and Breyer State University. She says, “I love being a school counselor.”

Smith is a reading specialist and literacy leader. She earned her NBCT recertification in the area of Early and Middle Childhood/Literacy: Reading-Language Arts. She has been with HCS for 19 years. Previous positions include, serving as a reading interventionist, a reading specialist, and a math instructor in HCS. She also worked in Birmingham City Schools, Dallas Public Schools, Norfolk State University, and Vigo County Public Schools. She earned a bachelor of science in elementary education/mathematics and a master of education-reading from Indiana State University. She has also served as an instructor in the William & Mary summer enrichment program, served on the National Board DREAM Team, served two years as vice president of Hampton Reading Council, and has presented at several conferences.

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.  



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