Two Richmond teachers earn rigorous and performance-based national award

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RICHMOND,Va. – Two Richmond Public Schools teachers buckled down to earn National Board Certification.

It’s a status and honor awarded by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, a nonpartisan, independent and nonprofit organization.

It is the profession’s mark of accomplished teaching, and just over 11,000 teachers nationwide have earned the status.

Joselyn Verdi, of J.B. Fisher Elementary School and Tracey Moore, of Fairfield Court Elementary School received the award for their first time.

Pictured (l to r): Edmonds, Verdi, Bedden, Moore

Pictured (l to r): Edmonds, Verdi, Bedden, Moore

Willie Mae Edmonds, of RPS’ Office of Professional Development, received her certification renewal.

To get the certification, teachers had to submit a school-site portfolio of student work samples, videotaped lessons and reflective commentaries.

They also had to pass test questions which demonstrated their subject matter knowledge.

The program required an additional 200-400 hours of preparation, and usually takes one to three years to complete, said school officials.

They will receive their official pins at a Jan. 7 ceremony.