Students benefit from Clover teachers earning national certification, Sosne says

jmarks@lakewyliepilot.comJanuary 11, 2013 

— Several teachers serving Lake Wylie students are among a handful locally to earn a National Board Certified status, a designation school officials say will benefit their classrooms.

“The National Board process is rigorous, requiring a tremendous amount of hard work and dedication,” said Marc Sosne, superintendent of the Clover School District. “Teachers tell me all the time that it strengthens what they do in the classroom. In the end, our students are the biggest beneficiaries.”

Seven teachers earned the honor, announced last week by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards. The Clover district now has 105 board certified teachers.

Included in the seven are Amy Rossett and Rhonda Welborn at Crowders Creek Elementary School, Jeff Rolf and Charlene Ruse at Oakridge Middle School and Ramie Macioce at Clover High School. Larne Elementary School teachers Kristin Dover and Sara Howard filled out the list.

Will Largen, principal at Oakridge, said there are 17 National Board teachers at his school. Largen called the national program a “commitment to improving the art of teaching for children.”

“This is a tremendous achievement for our teachers here at Oakridge Middle School,” Largen said. “It shows the dedication to teaching by these individuals that they are willing to go through this process to better themselves as teachers to help their students in the classroom each and every day.”

Both Rolf and Ruse teach science, Rolf at the sixth and Ruse in the eighth grade level.

Rossett and Welborn both teach fifth-grade language arts and social studies at Crowders Creek. Macioce teaches social studies at Clover High School. Millicent Dickey, principal at Crowders Creek, said her school has 19 teachers with National Board certification.

“The process of National Board certification challenges teachers not just to teach their content well, but also to engage in thoughtful personal reflection to improve their teaching craft,” Dickey said. “Our National Board teachers are wonderful leaders within our school who serve as great examples of teaching and learning.”

Certification takes one to three years to complete, requiring a portfolio of teaching techniques and an assessment on their teaching subjects.

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