Chesterfield has 116 National Board Certified Teachers

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Nine more Chesterfield educators have achieved National Board certification, which is one of the highest credentials in education, and eight of Chesterfield’s National Board Certified Teachers have renewed their certification. New and renewing NBCTs will be honored during a regional pinning ceremony at 5 p.m. Jan. 8 at Virginia Commonwealth University in the Singleton Center for the Performing Arts, 922 Park Ave.

A total of 116 National Board Certified Teachers are now working in Chesterfield County Public Schools; 96 are teachers and 20 hold other positions, including principal, assistant principal and technology integrator. Here are the school system’s newest NBCTs:

  • Keenan Entsminger, history teacher at Bird High
  • Jonathan Elwell, second-grade teacher at Salem Church Elementary
  • Carolyn Harlow, fourth-grade teacher at Clover Hill Elementary
  • Lee Ann Newman, teacher of English for Speakers of Other Languages at Bon Air Elementary
  • Melanie Pruett, math teacher at Bailey Bridge Middle
  • Kristen Reynolds, third-grade teacher at Clover Hill Elementary
  • Lois Stanton, librarian at Manchester High School
  • Kelly Wolfsheimer, English teacher at James River High
  • Barrett Wright, special education teacher at Ecoff Elementary

Eight educators in Chesterfield County Public Schools who achieved National Board certification in 2004 or 2005 renewed their certification this year:

  • Melinda Batalias, math teacher at Monacan High
  • Suzanne Buckley, English teacher at Manchester Middle
  • Kara Chaconas, history teacher at Manchester High
  • Kathy Coats, science teacher at Clover Hill High
  • Paul Daszkiewicz, math teacher at Meadowbrook High
  • Donna Dollings, Latin teacher at James River High
  • Stuart Nabors, English and ESOL teacher at James River High
  • Jan Rogers, reading specialist at Davis Elementary

National Board certification is considered the gold standard for excellence in teaching. A voluntary assessment program designed to develop, recognize and retain accomplished teachers, National Board certification is achieved through a performance-based assessment that typically takes one to three years to complete. Certification lasts 10 years, then may be renewed for an additional 10 years. More information is available at