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For Immediate Release: Dec. 18, 2008
Contact: Mary Stadick Smith - (605) 773-7228

Six teachers earn profession's top honors

Six classroom teachers from South Dakota are among the 9,600 elementary and secondary school teachers nationwide to achieve National Board Certification in 2008. This achievement brings the number of National Board Certified Teachers in South Dakota to 66.

South Dakota’s 2008 recipients include:

Jeannine Metzger, Physical Education/Early and Middle Childhood, Shannon County School District

Kim Soldatke, English Language Arts/Early Adolescence, Sioux Falls School District

Jennifer Johnke, Mathematics/Adolescence and Young Adulthood, Yankton School District

Sherry Crofut, Career and Technical Education/Early Adolescence through Young Adulthood, Rapid City Area School District

Jacqueline Knox, Science/Adolescence and Young Adulthood, Highmore-Harrold School District

Sharon Andrews, Science/Early Adolescence, Sioux Falls School District

“These teachers have demonstrated a commitment to continued education and a devotion to their craft,” said Secretary of Education Tom Oster. “We are proud of their efforts to advance the standards within the teaching profession and to improve instruction for students.”

National Board Certification is one of the highest credentials in the teaching profession. A voluntary process established by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, certification is achieved through a rigorous, performance-based assessment that measures what accomplished teachers should know and be able to do. The process requires teachers to demonstrate how their activities improve student achievement.

This announcement comes several months after the National Research Council affirmed that National Board Certification has had a positive impact on student achievement, teacher retention and professional development. In the most rigorous and comprehensive study to date about National Board Certification, the NRC found that students taught by National Board Certified Teachers make higher gains on achievement tests than students taught by teachers who have not achieved certification.

To learn more about National Board Certification, call the South Dakota Department of Education at (605) 773-3134.