Charleston, W.Va. – The West Virginia Department of Education (WVDE) recognized 153 West Virginia educators today as part of the annual National Board Certification (NBC) Recognition Celebration. The ceremony was held at the Charleston Marriott Town Center and included 39 new National Board Certified Teachers (NBCTs) and 114 teachers across West Virginia that maintained their certification in the class of 2022.

Like other professions, NBC symbolizes accomplished practice beyond licensure. It is a voluntary and rigorous process that can take three years to complete. The process was created for teachers by teachers and includes four components: content knowledge; differentiation in instruction; teaching practice and learning environment; and effective/reflective practice.

“National Board Certified Teachers are some of the most talented, compassionate and hard-working professionals in the country. Their expertise and instruction in the classroom are improving student achievement and helping to lay the foundation for future success,” said State Superintendent of Schools David L. Roach. “Our NBCTs are skillfully and effectively representing this vital profession.”

West Virginia’s support of the program has led to the state ranking 13th in the nation for the percentage of NBCTs and 17th in the nation for the number of new NBCTs. Currently, there are a total of 1,173 NBCTs in the Mountain State. In addition to an annual $3,500 salary supplement provided by the WVDE through a legislative line item, most counties also support NBCTs with additional salary enhancements. The WVDE provides mentors to assist those pursuing their certification, and it also reimburses the $1,900 in fees associated with the application process. West Virginia is one of only 24 states that offers fee reimbursement upon completion of the NBC process.

Below is this year’s class of National Board Certified teachers in West Virginia:

New Recipients:

Name County
Kelly Johnson Berkeley
Jessica Wood Berkeley
Elicia Barr Cabell
Laura Booth Cabell
Syreda Howell Cabell
Deborah Fife Jackson Cabell
Brandy Smith Hancock
Jessica Markwood Hardy
Kristy Fedio Fischer Harrison
Jessica Moats Harrison
Crystal Bere Jefferson
Halie Henkes Mercer
Brooke Adams Monongalia
Jacquelyn Gacek Monongalia
Katherine Leone Monongalia
Chase Leone Monongalia
Kristen Muscaro-Winters Monongalia
Rachel Simmons Monongalia
Kristen Smallwood Monongalia
Kerianne Smead Monongalia
Samuel Snyder Monongalia
Danielle Tennant Monongalia
Isabella Droginske Ohio
Eleni Nardone Walter Ohio
Laurel Beatty Dilley Pocahontas
Ashley Ellison Putnam
Joshua Issacs Putnam
Kristina Richardson Putnam
Carla Bird Raleigh
Joan Cooper Raleigh
Bethanie Dorsey Raleigh
Christa Fama Raleigh
Alecia Ryan Raleigh
Shannon Wilkerson Raleigh
Whitney Healy Wetzel
Christine M. Mace Wetzel
Jennifer McCallister Wirt
Heather King Wood
JoAnna Huffman Wyoming

Maintenance of Certification Recipients (Renewals):

Name County
Marcy Alwin Berkeley
April Bageant Berkeley
Alicia Boswell Berkeley
Jessica Butcher Berkeley
Teresa Campbell Berkeley
Rhonda Foreman Berkeley
Magdalene Frye Berkeley
Elizabeth Hamman Berkeley
Brande Hockensmith Berkeley
Sandra Marchese Berkeley
Amy Mason Berkeley
Heather McCain Berkeley
Davita Melander Berkeley
Cheryl Lynne Snyder Berkeley
Michelle Sexton Berkeley
Lindsay Shockey Berkeley
Elizabeth Vannoy Berkeley
Sara Wolfe Berkeley
Amy Brown Boone
Stephanie Meadows Cabell
Ashlie Ellis Cabell
Gina Barnett Cabell
Rebecca L. Harden Cabell
Summer Nottingham Cabell
Shannon Phillips Cabell
Jeffrey M. Owens Greenbrier
Bethany Fernbaugh Hancock
Tammy Fields Hancock
Amanda Fisher Hancock
Rikki Regan Hancock
Brandy Boehke Harrison
Meighan Jones Harrison
Jessica Hannah Harrison
Melissa Hinerman Harrison
Cari Williams Harrison
Karen Barnette Jackson
Amy Mellace Kanawha
Valerie Mullins Kanawha
Emily B. Patterson Kanawha
Robin Peck Kanawha
Sara Raines-Wilson Kanawha
Angela Stewart Lincoln
Lee Anne Burton Marion
Mark Fisher Marion
Allyson Perry Marion
Michelle Talerico Marion
Katrina Wilson Marion
Jonna Kuskey Marshall
Nicole Majewski Marshall
Katie Carter Mercer
Gretchen Harrison Mercer
Teresa Inman Mercer
Laura Presley Mercer
Misty Benedict Mineral
Rebonica Davis Mineral
Kelly Mauzy Mineral
Hannah Wingler Mineral
Kathryn Alam Monongalia
Jessica Bradley Monongalia
Regina Cappellini Monongalia
Jessica Cappellini Monongalia
Paige Festa-White Monongalia
Melissa Forinash Monongalia
Tracy Godwin Monongalia
Sarah Kane Monongalia
Nancy Kincaid Monongalia
Andrea White Monongalia
Kristi Mullenax Monongalia
Natalie Webb Monongalia
Lisa J. Carpenter Ohio 
Stefanie Cirilli Ohio
Peggy Dolan Ohio
Jamie Johnson Ohio
Richard Marsh Ohio
Christa Miller Ohio
Kayla Kreitzer Nelson Ohio
Kristy Villani Ohio
Catherine Whorton Ohio
Barbara Wood Ohio
Heidi Zumbrunnen Ohio
Megan Barber Putnam
Tamatha Bock Putnam
Abby Waldorf Broome Putnam
Jo Ella Engel Putnam
Amber J. Lafferty Putnam
Chastity Miller Putnam
Marjorie McPherson Putnam
Maureen Miller Putnam
Courtney Ruppert Putnam
Erika McGuire Raleigh
Jada Reeves Raleigh
Jamie Richmond Raleigh
Allison Shriver Raleigh
Susan McCauley Randolph
Kendra Alexander Taylor
Stacy Ward Taylor
Tracy C. Fauber Wood
Whitny Gesell Wood
Kelly A. Hendrickson Wood
Linda Hindman Wood
Joanna Mulligan Wood
Diana Mundorff Wood
Sarah Robinson Wood
Lisa Smith Wood
Amy Stewart Wood
Janette Walker Wood
Matthew Scott Ramsey WVDE
Keisha Runion Thompson WVDE

For media inquiries, contact Christy Day, West Virginia Department of Education Office of Communications, at 304-558-2699 or

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