Chesterfield County Public Schools teachers achieve National Board Certification

A Midlothian High School teacher recently achieved National Board certification, one of the most widely recognized awards in the teaching profession. In addition, four of the school division’s current National Board Certified Teachers renewed their certification.

Offered by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, certification is a voluntary professional development opportunity that recognizes accomplished teachers who meet rigorous standards of performance. The honor, which is peer-reviewed and based on multiple measures, is one of the highest credentials available in the teaching profession and typically takes one to three years to complete.

Midlothian High teacher Mark Spewak recently achieved National Board certification. Spewak is an English and International Baccalaureate teacher.

“National Board certification is considered the gold standard for excellence in teaching,” Superintendent Dr. James F. Lane said. “More than 130 Chesterfield County teachers and staff members have earned their certifications while serving our students. This is a significant accomplishment and a great reminder about the high quality of our teaching workforce and their dedication to this profession.”

Certification lasts 10 years and then may be renewed for an additional 10 years. Four Chesterfield County teachers renewed their certification this year: Lori Donavan, library instructional specialist; Kimberly Muchenje, math teacher at Career and Technical Center @ Hull; Laura Davenport, science teacher at Bailey Bridge Middle; and Kim Kuhn, library media specialist at Bailey Bridge Middle.