The Marion County Board of Education recently recognized the newly National Board Certified teachers. They are, from left, Marc Brock (physical education teacher at St. Charles Middle School), Amy Martin (art teacher at St. Charles Middle School), Angie Akers (library media at A.C. Glasscock Elementary School), Joyce Caldwell (early childhood generalist at Calvary Elementary School), Amy Mattingly (English/language arts teacher at St. Charles Middle School), April Montgomery (library media at West Marion Elementary School), Marilu Farnham (early childhood generalist at A.C. Glasscock Elementary School) and Tracy Cochran (special education teacher at Lebanon Elementary School). National Board Certification is an advanced teaching credential. It complements, but does not replace, a state’s teacher license. It is valid for 10 years. National Board Certification is achieved upon successful completion of a voluntary assessment program designed to recognize effective and accomplished teachers who meet high standards based on what teachers should know and be able to do. As part of the certification process, candidates complete 10 assessments that are reviewed by trained teachers in their certificate areas. The assessments include four portfolio entries that feature teaching practice and six constructed response exercises that assess content knowledge.