Chesterfield has 119 National Board Certified Teachers

Superintendent Marcus Newsome congratulates (left to right) new National Board Certified Teachers Crystal Barker and Deanna Castelvecchi and renewing NBCT Ginny Heintzelman.

Two more Chesterfield County educators have achieved National Board certification, which is one of the highest credentials in education, and one of Chesterfield’s National Board Certified Teachers has renewed her certification.

A total of 119 National Board Certified Teachers are now working in Chesterfield County Public Schools; 96 are teachers and 23 hold other positions, including principal, assistant principal and technology integrator. Here are the school system’s newest NBCTs:

  • Crystal Barker, health and PE teacher at Bird High
  • Deanna Castelvecchi, health and PE teacher at Elizabeth Davis Middle

One educator in Chesterfield County Public Schools who achieved National Board certification in 2005 renewed her certification this year:

  • Ginny Heintzelman, PE teacher at Spring Run Elementary

National Board certification is a voluntary professional development process that recognizes accomplished teachers who meet rigorous standards of performance. Offered through the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, National Board certification is considered the gold standard for excellence in teaching. 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.

At Virginia Commonwealth University during a Jan. 7 pinning ceremony for National Board Certified Teachers, two additional Chesterfield County educators were honored:

  • Elizabeth Lucas, who teaches English at Bird High School, received the 2016 Dr. Judy Flythe Teacher Leader Award. Given by the Center for Teacher Leadership in VCU’s School of Education, this award honors a teacher who demonstrates deep understanding of the teaching and learning process and works with colleagues to improve instruction. The award is named in memory of the former director of staff development for Chesterfield County Public Schools.
  • Angelique Clarke, an award-winning teacher in Chesterfield County Public Schools who died in 2015, was honored by dedicating in her memory the training room of the Center for Teacher Leadership in the VCU School of Education.
Elizabeth Lucas, who teaches English at Bird High School, accepts the Dr. Judy Flythe Teacher Leader Award from Dr. Therese Dozier, director of the VCU Center for Teacher Leadership.

Elizabeth Lucas, who teaches English at Bird High School, accepts the Dr. Judy Flythe Teacher Leader Award from Dr. Therese Dozier, director of the VCU Center for Teacher Leadership.

Holding a plaque in memory of Angelique Clarke are Stacey Branch, coordinator of the VCU Clinical Faculty Program, and Dr. Therese Dozier, director of the VCU Center for Teacher Leadership.

Holding a plaque in memory of Angelique Clarke are Stacey Branch, coordinator of the VCU Clinical Faculty Program, and Dr. Therese Dozier, director of the VCU Center for Teacher Leadership.