Tuesday, November 23, 2010


John O'Hara, Staci Shade, Lori Soriano and Margaret Thompson

The National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS®) announced that four New Hope-Solebury teachers have achieved National Board Certification in 2010. A voluntary assessment program designed to develop, recognize and retain accomplished teachers, National Board Certification is achieved through a performance-based assessment that typically takes one to three years to complete. While state licensing systems set basic requirements to teach in each state, NBCTs have successfully demonstrated advanced teaching knowledge, skills and practices.

The four NH-S teachers who achieved National Board Certification this year are:
John O’Hara: John obtained a degree in Mathematics at the University of California, Santa Cruz and a Masters for Teachers of Mathematics from the University of New Hampshire. After teaching math in California for nine years, John has been teaching math at New Hope-Solebury High School for almost seven years.
Staci Shade: Staci received a Bachelor’s degree from West Chester University and a Masters degree in Education from Holy Family University. This is her eighth year teaching math at New Hope-Solebury High School.
Lori Soriano: This is Lori’s sixth year teaching Language Arts at New Hope-Solebury High School. Prior to NH-S, she spent a half year at Pennsbury High School. She has a Bachelor’s in English from West Virginia University and Masters in Education from Holy Family University.
Margaret Thompson: Meg earned her Bachelor’s degree from the College of the Holy Cross with a double major in Physics and History. She earned a Masters in Secondary Mathematics Education from Temple University. She has been teaching for 15 years, seven of those years were at Germantown Friend’s School and this is her sixth year teaching math at New Hope-Solebury Middle School.

National Board Certification is recognized as a model of pay-for-performance and is supported by teachers and administrators nationwide. All 50 states, the District of Columbia and hundreds of local school districts recognize National Board Certification as a mark of distinction. Many states and local school districts provide salary incentives and cover the cost for teachers who pursue and achieve this advanced teaching credential.

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