Chesterfield County Public Schools adds to National Board Certified Teacher pool

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Two Chesterfield County high school teachers recently achieved the prestigious honor of earning their National Board Certification. This distinction is recognized in the field of education as being the gold standard accomplishment in teacher certification. There are currently 95 National Board Certified Teachers (NBCT) working in Chesterfield County Public Schools.

Congratulations to Chesterfield County’s newest National Board Certified teachers, Karen Richardson and Jill Porter.

Ms. Richardson is an English 9 teacher at L.C. Bird High School and achieved her National Board Certification in English Language Arts/Adolescence and Young Adulthood. Ms. Porter is a math teacher at Monacan High School and achieved her National Board Certification in Mathematics/Adolescence and Young Adulthood. Both teachers will be pinned at the annual National Board pinning ceremony scheduled for April 2021.

“Earning a National Board Certification is voluntary, yet our teachers continually challenge themselves and invest an enormous amount of time into mastering their craft,” Superintendent Dr. Merv Daugherty said. “By meeting the rigorous standards that have been maintained since the program began, these educators are able to apply their expertise and design innovative learning experiences for their students.”

These teachers are recognized as having renewed their National Board Certification this year and will hold their license for 10 years based on certification requirements:

  • Helene Grossman, teacher of deaf and hard of hearing at O.B. Gates Elementary
  • Amy Lott, Instructional Designer at Swift Creek Elementary
  • Martha Wild, teacher at Greenfield Elementary

National Board Certification is a voluntary assessment program designed to develop, recognize and retain accomplished teachers, and it is achieved through a performance-based assessment that typically takes one to three years to complete. It is considered one of the highest credentials in education. Certification lasts 10 years, then may be renewed for an additional 10 years. More information is available at