Three district teachers renew National Board certification

Lauren Griggs is a 5th grade ELA and Social Studies teacher at Edwards Elementary School and has been teaching a total of 16 years with 14 of those being with Chesterfield County.  Her principal says, “Ms. Griggs is a wonderful educator who cares deeply for her students.  She works extremely hard to engage her students in social studies and ELA.  She pushes for her students to become lifelong learners that value their education and have a love for reading and writing.  The students are so blessed to have such a wonderful educator and mentor.”


Kadee Herring is the Reading Recovery Teacher Leader at Edwards Elementary School and has been teaching a total of 16 years with all those years being in Chesterfield County.  Her principal says, “Mrs. Herring is a wonderful example of what an educator should be.  She cares deeply about each of her students and is always working to learn new and better ways to teach them.  She truly embodies the quote from Marie Clay, ‘If children are apparently unable to learn, we should assume that we have not yet found the right way to teach them.’  We are so fortunate to have someone with her knowledge, compassion, and work ethic to learn from.  She is an excellent teacher and leader.”

 Donna Teal is a 7th grade Language Arts Teacher at Long Middle School and has been teaching a total of 23 years with all those years in Chesterfield County.  Her principal says, “Mrs. Teal is an avid learner!  She is self-motivated and strives to do what is best for all students.  When she goes to conferences and professional learning opportunities, she is eager to share what she has learned with the faculty and staff.  Teaching is not just an occupation for Mrs. Teal, it is her passion!  We are proud of her accomplishments, dedication, and commitment to excellence!”

 Individuals who renew their National Board Certification must provide sufficient evidence of the application of professional growth in ways that have a meaningful impact on student learning.  They submit a Profile of Professional Growth composed of 3 interrelated components and a reflection.  These components draw upon a group of Professional Growth Experiences that reflect their continuous commitment and contributions to the teaching profession.  This process is a rigorous, performance-based, peer-reviewed practice and requires a tremendous amount of work and dedication on the part of each candidate.  We are very fortunate to have these three candidates as part of the Chesterfield County School District family.

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