Forty-five educators at Anne Arundel County Public Schools (AACPS) including four from Severna Park, recently attained the prestigious National Board Certification—the highest teaching credential given to educators in the country.
More than 6,200 teachers nationwide earned the honor, and Anne Arundel County’s 45-member class put it seventh in the nation among school systems with certification recipients, according to an AACPS release.
Approximately five percent of all AACPS educators earn the certification, and with the 45 new additions, the county’s grand total reached 355 for 2012, according to the release. Additionally, four members of the 2012 class of recipients earned the certification for their second time—renewing the original honor after 10 years.
“I continue to be incredibly impressed by these teachers who go above and beyond to better themselves and their instructional practices,” said AACPS Superintendent Kevin Maxwell. “Their dedication and passion to be the best helps every child in their classroom and beyond, because it also benefits other teachers in our schools.”
The national average for National Board Certified teachers in county school systems is about three percent, putting Anne Arundel’s five percent total above many districts throughout the nation, and second in overall in the state of Maryland.
Below is a list of Severna Park teachers who received the honor:
- Theresa Currier, Severna Park Middle School
- Lisa Engstrom, Severna Park Middle School (renewal)
- Nikki Lincoln, Benfield Elementary School
- Azur Oducayen, Severna Park Middle School
Click here to view a complete list of every educator who earned the honor and where they teach in Anne Arundel County.