HCPSS Congratulates 22 National Board Certified Teachers
June 22nd, 2020
HCPSS recognizes 22 teachers who achieved certification during the 2019-2020 school year—15 first-time achievers and seven who renewed their certification.
National Board Certification (NBC) is the highest-level credential in the educational profession. Teachers who achieve National Board Certification have met rigorous standards through intensive study, self-assessment, peer review and expert evaluation.
Howard County is among the top five Maryland districts by historical number of NBCTs, with a total of 237 teachers who have achieved national certification. HCPSS is also among the top five Maryland districts for the number of current National Board candidates, with 90 teachers pursuing certification.
The HCPSS NBC program is a joint partnership with the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE). The school system combines resources with MSDE to support candidates through a scholarship program. HCPSS also partners with the Howard County Education Association to support the NBC program.
The newly certified achievers are:
- Colleen Cotton, Career Technology Education, Hammond High School
- Richard Ireland, secondary Social Studies, Mt. Hebron High School
- Erica McGowan, special education, Dunloggin Middle School
- Tyler Meinhart, secondary history, Marriotts Ridge High School
- Jennifer Patel, Grade 2, Veterans Elementary School
- Cynthia Platou, secondary Social Studies, Wilde Lake High School
- Jana Poling, special education, Waverly Elementary School
- Stacey Purdum, secondary cybersecurity, Applications and Research Laboratory
- Casey Retterer, secondary science, Oakland Mills High School
- Jennifer Retterer, orchestra, Lake Elkhorn Middle School
- Robert Sirois, general/vocal music, Guilford Elementary School
- Carmen Starling, Grade 1, Bollman Bridge Elementary School
- Joanna Tanner, secondary Social Studies, Wilde Lake Middle School
- Cynthia Wade, special education, Waverly Elementary School
- Jessica Yingling, physical education, Northfield Elementary School
The renewal achievers are:
- Elizabeth Carty, physical education, St. John’s Lane Elementary School
- Sara Cox, gifted and talented resource, Dayton Oaks Elementary School and St. John’s Lane Elementary School
- James Fisher, secondary Social Studies, River Hill High School
- Pamela Linton-Kozar, Grade 2, Stevens Forest Elementary School
- Stacie Marvin, mathematics, Hammond Middle School
- Erin McArdle, English, Howard High School
- Lauren Rifkin, reading specialist, Triadelphia Ridge Elementary School