News Release: More PGCPS Teachers Earn Prestigious National Board Certification

News Release: More PGCPS Teachers Earn Prestigious National Board Certification

January 3, 2012
For Immediate Release
Office of Communications

County ranks among top five school districts in Maryland and top 10 in nation 

UPPER MARLBORO—Forty-eight Prince George's County Public Schools teachers have earned the highest credential available to educators by recently becoming a National Board Certified Teacher through the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS). 

“Achieving National Board Certification requires substantial time, dedication and skill, but the reward comes in the classroom,” said Dr. William R. Hite Jr., Superintendent of Schools. “By helping teachers to hone their craft, the program aids in our efforts to ensure highly effective instruction in all classrooms. I commend the teachers who have achieved this honor and hope they will serve as inspiration to their colleagues.” 

Approximately 304 teachers in PGCPS have earned this recognition. PGCPS ranks third in the state, behind Montgomery (693) and Anne Arundel (312) counties, in having the highest number of National Board Certified Teachers.  

There are approximately 97,290 teachers nationwide with National Board Certification, roughly 3 percent of the teaching corps. Maryland had a 12 percent increase in the number of educators who received the certification. 

National Board Certification is achieved through a rigorous, performance-based assessment of a teacher’s pedagogical skills and content knowledge. The certification takes one to three years to complete. 

Prince George’s County will honor its new National Board Certified Teachers in January. A list of teachers is below: 




Deborah Abdo-D’Ambrosio 

Cora L. Rice Elementary School 

Kateri Baker 

Chapel Forge Early Childhood Center 

Mary Bast 

Northview Elementary School 

Trinity B. Benedicto 

Tayac Elementary School 

Senetria Blocker 

Arrowhead Elementary School 

Kathleen Borden 

Carrollton Elementary School 

Troy Bradbury 

Eleanor Roosevelt High School 

Jasmine Brann 

High Point High School 

Ramon Braza 

Greenbelt Middle School 

Sheila Carroll 

Cooper Lane Elementary School 

Hazel Cayetano 

James Ryder Randall Elementary School 

Myunghee Chung 

Riverdale Elementary School 

Danyell Clark 

Highland Park Elementary School 

Karen Dresser 

Clinton Grove Elementary School 

Sharon Dudley 

Rogers Heights Elementary School 

Jodi Fetterolf 

Bowie High School 

Loraine Fredericks-Thompson 

High Point High School 

Reina Guartico 

Marlton Elementary School 

Davida Hall 

Chillum Elementary School 

Linda Henderson 

Riverdale Elementary School 

Lynn Hoang 

High Point High School 

Julie Huften 

Magnolia Elementary School 

Janice Johnson-Longman 

Dodge Park Elementary School 

Alicia Kalberer 

Langley Park McCormick Elementary School 

Monica Levin 

High Bridge Elementary School 

Sabrina Lockwood 

High Bridge Elementary School 

Julian Lord 

Eleanor Roosevelt High School 

Laura Miller 

Whitehall Elementary School 

Erin Nauman 

Imagine Foundation Public Charter School 

Greta Thomas 

Accokeek Academy 

Grand Pacheco 

Bradbury Heights Elementary School 

Debra Perhach 

Samuel Ogle Middle School 

Rita Pinkney 

Jessie B. Mason Special Center 

Danielle Ritthaler 

Bowie High School 

M. Michelle Rowland 

University Park Elementary School 

Michael Samordic 

Eleanor Roosevelt High School 

Kathleen Schuster 

Berwyn Heights Elementary School 

Karen Streeter 

William Hall Academy 

Tamala Stuckey 

Cool Spring Elementary School 

LaVonne Swank 

Rogers Heights Elementary School 

Danielle Todd-Jones 

Springhill Lake Elementary School 

Annaliza Villarosa 

Longfields Elementary School 

Robert Watson 

Kenilworth Elementary School 

Jessica White 

Gladys Noon Spellman Elementary School 

Dawn Wine 

Oaklands Elementary School 

Danica Woodyard 

Greenbelt Middle School 

Tiana Woodlard 

Kettering Middle School 

Nicholas Zanin 

Vansville Elementary School 






Prince George's County Public Schools (PGCPS), one of the nation's 25 largest school districts, has 208 schools and centers, more than 130,000 students and nearly 19,000 employees. Under the leadership of Chief Executive Officer Dr. Kevin M. Maxwell, the school system serves a diverse student population from urban, suburban and rural communities located in the Washington, DC suburbs. PGCPS is nationally recognized for innovative programs and initiatives that provide students with unique learning opportunities, including arts integration, environmental and financial literacy, and language immersion.