Area teachers earn national credits

Published: Wednesday, January 15, 2003 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, January 15, 2003 at 12:12 a.m.
Eighteen Alachua County teachers were honored Tuesday night by the School Board for receiving National Board Certification from the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards.
To earn the certification, teachers had to document their knowledge of and ability to teach their subject area and demonstrate their ability to manage and measure student learning by submitting portfolios, student work samples, a series of videotapes, analysis of classroom teaching and student learning. They also had to take an extensive exam.
The teachers are eligible for two $4,400 awards from the state - one that is equal to 10 percent of the statewide average teachers' salary and one that is given for agreeing to serve as a mentor teacher for 90 hours in addition to the school day.
The teachers are also eligible to receive up to 5 percent in additional salary through the School Board. With the new teachers, the district now employs 38 nationally certified teachers.
The newest certified teachers include: Deborah Alessi and Sharon Ketts, Archer Community School; Michelle Amos and Beverly Jones, Fort Clarke Middle School; Margaret Beland, Westwood Middle School; Cheryl Blank-Zeichner and Sandra Foster, A. Quinn Jones; Kenneth Brandt and Diane Lauramoore, Buchholz High School; Manneshia Burney, Kanapaha Middle School; Debra Carter and Carrie Geiger, Idylwild Elementary School; Gayle Evans and Carol Peace, Gainesville High School; Sharon Fletcher, Foster Elementary School; Katrina Hall, Wiles Elementary School; Sara Nussel, Metcalfe Elementary School and Linda Zidonik, Duval Elementary School.
Also at the meeting, members of the Alachua County Education Association requested that teacher work days be held before report cards are issued during the 2003-04 and 2004-05 school years.
During a public hearing regarding the calendars, Eastside High School teacher Gail Hotaling presented recent survey results from ACEA members that indicated most employees would prefer Monday, Nov. 10, 2003, as a holiday in addition to Friday, Nov. 7 and Tuesday, Nov. 11.
In response, Schools Superintendent Mary Chambers said she was already reworking the calendars to meet some of the requests from employees.
In addition, School Board officials updated board members on the status of discussions with the North Central Florida YMCA on placing a new southwest facility near Wiles Elementary and Kanapaha Middle schools.
Following an update from Terry Tougaw, deputy superintendent for facilities for the district, board members Ginger Childs and Barbara Sharpe aired concerns over student safety near the schools.
"That location is already a mess," Childs said. "There would need to be a real study about how people would be turning into those schools and the YMCA."

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